Obituaries Dec. 17, 2009

Kaitlyn Estes
EUPORA – Kaitlyn Estes, 3, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Edgeworth Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Jimmie Lee Jones
WEST POINT – Jimmie Lee Jones, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Whites Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rev. Buddy Monaghan
NETTLETON – Herbert Glen “Buddy” Monaghan, 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Monroe County to Daniel Tripp “Cooter” Monaghan and Mattie Lou Ivy Monaghan. He turned down a scholarship to play football at Ole Miss and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged, receiving citations and medals for his bravery and courage. He was a Bible-centered preacher for over 50 years. He was the founder of the Independent Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, south of Nettleton, where he pastored much of his life. He loved the Lord and preaching the gospel. He was an old-style musician who often sang during his sermons. He greatly admired and supported the City of Nettleton, where he served as an alderman and chief of police. He was a patriotic American, completely devoted to his family, his church, his God and his community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Signet of Honour Church on Hwy. 6 in Nettleton. The Rev. Ricky Pierce and the Rev. Billy McBunch will officiate, and Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Audeen Taylor Monaghan of Nettleton, whom he married June 17, 1946; four sons, Larry Monaghan (Nancy) and Gary Monaghan (Pam) of Nettleton, Dan Monaghan (Leslie) of Saltillo and Joe McCommon (Jennifer) of Amory; two daughters, Regina Blankenship (Jimmy) of Amory and Dera Carter (Roger) of Smithville; 11 grandchildren, Glen Blankenship, J.J. Blankenship, Abbi Dykes, Joe Monaghan, Nick Carter, Tiffany Johnson, Dana Monaghan, Ben Monaghan, Drew Monaghan, Layla Hood and Crystal Wilkinson; 11 great-grandchildren, Dakota Ragland, Olivia Carter, Taylor Scruggs, Daniel Dykes, Kirby Blankenship, Ashton Johnson, Jasmine Hood, Riana Hood, Phillip Wilkinson, Micha Wilkinson and Lydia Wilkinson; one sister, Ruth Malone of Nettleton; three nephews, John McCommon, James Malone and Melvin Malone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cooter and Mattie Lou Monaghan, and one sister, Betty VanBuskirk
Pallbearers will be Nick Carter, Joe Monaghan, Glen Blankenship, J.J. Blankenship, Joe McCommon, Melvin Malone, James Malone, Roger Carter and Jimmy Blankenship.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the church.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Mary Jackson
WEST POINT – Mary Zell Golden Jackson, 59, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at noon today at UFCW Local 1991, Bryan Union Hall, in West Point. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Annie Farr
PONTOTOC – Annie Pearl Dixon Farr, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her residence. A native of Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of Delma and Martha Dixon. She was member of Beulah Grove United Methodist Church, where she served on the Mother Board and Board of Trustees. She was also a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. She was the widow of James Edward Farr.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Beulah Grove United Methodist Church. The Rev. Maurice Smith will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be at Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three sons, Dean (Dorothy) Farr, James Don (Elnora) Farr and Terry (Mary) Farr, all of Pontotoc; one daughter, Annie Lois (Neil) Crudup of Pontotoc; one brother, Cecil (Lela B.) Dixon of Pontotoc, two sisters, Lula Ragland of Pontotoc and Ruth Theford of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jearldine Zappa
WREN – Agnes Jearldine Zappa, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was born June 30, 1933, in Tamms, Ill., to James and Louise Tanner Norman. She married Jess T. Zappa; he died in 1975. She had lived most of her life in Anna, Ill., and had lived in Wren for the past 16 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church in Amory. She enjoyed reading and doing word-search puzzles, and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church in Amory with Bro. Donnie Plunkett and Daniel Dodd officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Anna Cemetery in Anna, Ill. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jess Zappa (Kathy) of Wren and John Anthony Zappa of Branson, Mo.; two daughters, Vickie Dodd (Daniel) of Verona and Jerry Zappa of Saltillo; two brothers, Frank Bradley of Anna, Ill., and Jimmy Norman of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Deborah Norman and Kathy Norman, both of Naples, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Jody Dodd, David Dodd (Rachel), Jeffrey Dodd (Tonya), Jacob Zappa, Nicholas Zappa, Don Tygett, Joshua Zappa, Rhoda Tucker (Mitch), Jessica Zappa, Jennifer Zappa Mayhall (Presley), Francesca Zappa and Riley Zappa; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Timothy Zappa; and three brothers, J.D. Norman, Alfred Bradley and Michael Norman.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church, Amory, MS 38821.
Rev. Rufus Hill Sr.
NEW ALBANY – The Rev. Rufus Hill Sr., 86, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 8, 1923, to the Rev. Orville Anthony Hill and Mary Ree Dixon in Centreville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a minister and teacher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Palmetto CME Church of Tupelo with Bishop Thomas Brown officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Rufus (Nora) Hill Jr. of New Albany, Thomasine Hill of Waverly, Tenn., and Vanessa Hill and Daphane Hill Spight, both of Nashville; one sister, O.C. Hill of Centreville; six grandchildren, Tracy Gamble of New Albany, Michael Wade, Lanei Spight, Donato Spight and Melanie Hill, all of Nashville, and Richard Gurley of Memphis; five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Polly Howell
OXFORD – Polly Howell, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. A native of Saltillo, she was born Feb. 10, 1920, to Hugh H. and Nettie McCullough Rice. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo before going to the V.A. facility in Oxford. She had worked 17 years at Hancock’s and then at Wilma’s House of Fashion. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a clerk-typist. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. Dave Jensen officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janis Howell of Tupelo, and Paula Blackwell and husband, Brian, of Helotes, Texas; one son, James H. Howell of Cleburne, Texas; and three grandchildren, Michelle Howell, Alex Howell and Adam Howell, all of Cleburne, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi State Veterans Home, Patient Care Fund, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; or a favorite charity.
James E. Owens
TUPELO – James E. Owens, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 14, 1959, to Willie F. and Jimmie Lee Owens in Lee County. He attended public schools in Shannon and Verona. He was a truck driver and a member of Greater Fair Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1982 he married Glenda Jackson; they had three children. He also had a son from a previous relationship. He and his family moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1993. In 1998 he remarried Delesar A. Croft, gaining three daughters. He relocated to Georgia in 2001. A man of many talents, he could repair just about anything and would always go the extra mile to help those in need.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Shammah Church of God in Christ in Tupelo with the Rev. George A. Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Verona City Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Delesar Owens; two sons, Marcus and James; two daughters, Chaquita (Lanauda) Westmoreland and Shundra; three sisters, Majetta Owens Mabry, Shelia (Tommy) Blanchard and Lorraine Dancer; one brother, Michael (Cherry) Owens; five grandsons, Javion, Lanauda, Zycois, Ashton and Auston; a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Junior Cromeans
GOLDEN – Dewey Junior Cromeans, 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1936, to Dewey and Mae Ewing Cromeans. He was a member of Altar Baptist Church and a retired auto body mechanic. An avid deer hunter and fisherman, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Altar Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Reynolds, Bro. Hollis Boyd and Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Old Mount Carmel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jewel Cromeans of Golden; one daughter, Jenifer Brown; one son, Grayling Cromeans (Shelia) of Dennis; six grandchildren, Matthew Brown (Bobbie), Marie Hood (Terry), Timothy Brown (Andrea), Bradley Brown, Candace Dunaway (Brock) and Gavin Cromeans; six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Terra, Caleb, Chandler, Samuel and Kaleigh; one brother, Lloyd Cromeans (Shirley) of Golden; two sisters, Katherine Mayhall (Charles) of Tremont and Ginne Lou Brown (Raymond) of Golden; one brother-in-law, Troy Kelton; one sister-in-law, Ethel Cromeans.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ellis and Billy Ray; two sisters, Vernell Kelton and Josephine; and a son-in-law, Orbin Brown.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Ray, Kenneth Pourners, Jarinzo Parrish, Danny Pearson, Tommy Lee Mayhall, Lloyd Cromeans Jr., J.C. Tarrence and Chris Sartain. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Mayhall, Raymond Brown, Troy Kelton and Bro. Edwin Pharr.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Altar Baptist Church and continue until service time Friday.

Rev. Bobby Geanes
WALNUT – The Rev. Bobby Joe Geanes, 77, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was a retired employee of General Motors Fencl-Tufo Chevrolet in Glendal Heights, Ill., and National Service Station in Walnut. He was the pastor of New Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church from 1982 until his death, a total of 27 years.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Middleton, Tenn. His son, the Rev. Billy Geanes, will officiate. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Eva Sue Gunn Geanes; three sons, Billy Geanes, Joshua Johnson and Quentin Johnson; four daughters, Constance Rochelle Elliott, Angela Anders, Quenna Clark and Latreena Hudson; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Faye Jones, Arnell Spells and Ella B. Raines; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Gertrude Geanes, and two sisters, Edith Adams and Georgia Finger.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home. A wake will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at New Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Middleton, Tenn. The body will lie in state at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Middleton one hour prior to service time.

Lamont Starling
MOOREVILLE – Lamont Starling, 77, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born June 7, 1932, to Claude and Alma Dodson Starling. For most of his working life he was a brick mason with Hopkins Masonry Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He loved working in his garden, going to auctions and yard sales, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery east of Saltillo.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Linda Faye Starling of Mooreville; three daughters, Debbie Leach (Ricky) of Mantachie, Ann Taylor (Billy) of Greenwood Springs and June Mink (Randy) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; three sons, Joe Starling (Judy) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Danny Dill of Mooreville and Bobby Dill (Diane) of Fulton; one sister, Jean Ramsey of Tupelo; one brother, Truman Starling (Nora Lee) of Mantachie; 11 grandchildren, Johnny, Little Joe, Jonathan, Lesley, Nathan, Page, Austin, Carrie, Bobby Joe, Adam and Aaron.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Pamela Jean Collins; one sister, Eunice Brooks; and three brothers, Herman Starling, Sheffield Starling and Dee Starling.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Dill, Eric Barnett, Allen Barnett, David Dunaway, Brad Foote, Larry Roberts and Nathan Henry.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Henry Jones Jr.
WEST POINT – Henry Jones Jr., 75, died Tuesday, dec. 8, 2009, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point.
In lieu of visitation, a guest register book may be signed from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joe Hodges
COLUMBUS – Joseph H. “Joe” Hodges, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at his residence. He was born Nov. 28, 1942, in Tupelo to Tyson and Evie Riley Hodges. He was a 1960 graduate of Tupelo High School and a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Pi Sigma Epsilon Marketing Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army as a fixed wing pilot. He served one tour in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was a member of the VFW. He worked for Woodmen of the World for two years, then began his 36-year career with State Farm Insurance in Kosciusko and Columbus. He served as local, mid-state and state president of NAFA – National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and also served on the Advisory Board of the Peter K. Lutken Chair of Insurance of Mississippi State University for over 15 years. He was honored with the Joe Hodges-State Farm Endowed Scholarship from the Mississippi State University Foundation. He was a longtime member of the Magnolia Kiwanis Club and served as member and former chairman of the Columbus Civil Service Commission. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the Staff Parrish Relations Committee, chairman of the Finance Committee, chairman of the Council of Ministries and member of the Usher Committee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Sam Morris, the Rev. B.F. Lee, Dr. Roy McAlilly and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Hodges of Columbus; one daughter, Allison Hodges Horner (Jack) of Mobile, Ala.; one son, Paul Hodges (Cyndi) of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Linda Hodges Jamieson (David) of Fairhope, Ala.; his grandchildren, Barbara, Mary and Sarah Horner, and Miriam Hodges.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Gary Eldridge, Dwain Acker, Danny Dilworth, Al Hatcher and Dan Sisson. Honorary pallbearers will be all former agents of the Joe Hodges District-AFD, agency manager/AFE Mid-South region and Southern Zone; members of the Holiday Inn Coffee Club (Think Tank); members of the Larry Brooks Super Bulldog Club; and members of the Spring and Fall Seminar Methodist Ministers Group.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472; or Mississippi State University Foundation, Joe Hodges-State Farm Endowed Scholarship, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Flora Stafford
AMORY – Flora Masengale Stafford, 78, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Marion County, Ala., to Truman and Chester Brewer Masengale. She married Kenneth Stafford in 1946. She was a self-employed florist before her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory and went more than 40 years without missing church services. She enjoyed yard work and crocheting.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Lann Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Stafford of Amory; one son, James L. “Dub” Stafford of Amory; one daughter, Judy S. Kennedy of Amory; one brother, Arley B. Masengale of Guin, Ala.; one sister, Jean Stanford of Amory; three grandchildren, Dr. Jonathan Miles (Stacie), Jamie N. Stafford and Samantha Burt (Eric); and three great-grandchildren, Wesley Miles, Hunter Burt and Allison Arendt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Donna Stafford; a son-in-law, Ottis Kennedy; and a granddaughter, Jennifer L. Stafford.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Chris Spivey
CORINTH – Christopher “Chris” Spivey, 25, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Lowrey Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time.
Stewart Howell
MYRTLE – Stewart Alan Howell, 37, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his residence. He was born April 27, 1972, to Clyde Howell and Marion McCallen. He was an employee of Riverside Traffic Systems Inc. He was a member of the Amaziah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jason Howell and the Rev. Randy Futral officiating. Burial will be in the Temperence Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Smithey Howell of Myrtle; his father and stepmother, Clyde and Anasticia Howell of Hickory Flat; his mother and stepfather, Marion and George McCallen of Walls; two daughters, Angel Howell and Maddison Laher-Howell, both of Myrtle; two sons, Chris Howell of Hickory Flat and Ethan Howell of Myrtle; two sisters, Michele Haley (Phillip) of Red Banks and Krystal Chism (Brandon) of Hickory Flat; one niece and two nephews.
Pallbearers will be William Carpenter, Chris Burks, Wayne Pruitt, Billy Jack Rodgers, David Farr and Booker Farr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Marlene Nichols
FULTON – Marlene Nichols, 77, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 8, 1932, in Hamilton, Ala., to Martin and Mertle Bell Lockhart Webb. She was a retired cutter at a chicken processing plant in Bentonville, Ark.
There will be no funeral service. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Nichols of Fulton; two brothers, Gene Webb of Tennessee and Billy Webb of Frankford, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Gloria Bailey
OXFORD – Gloria Jones Bailey, 62, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Brownsfield, she was a homemaker and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church, where she taught pre-school Sunday school for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tiplersville Cemetery in Tiplersville.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Bailey of Oxford; one son, Anthony Bailey and wife, Rachel, of Flowood; two sisters, Helon Luna of Chalybeate and Brenda Shea of Tiplersville; four brothers, Buddy Jones of Ripley, Jerry Jones of Tiplersville, Terry Jones of Chalybeate and Bill Jones of Walnut; and four grandchildren, Jonathan, Joseph, James Daniel and Joshua Bailey.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Pauline Botts
BOONEVILLE – Johnnie Pauline Botts, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Randy Sanders
FORREST CITY, Ark. – Randy Sanders, 54, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at the Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City, Ark. He was a former resident of Tupelo.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. Stevens Funeral Home of Forrest City was in charge of the arrangements.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.stevensfuneralhome.net.
Terry Stevens
NEW ALBANY – Terry Stevens, 50, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service. Visitation will be tonight at the funeral home.

Irene Bullard
IUKA – Irene Bullard, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Hubbard Salem Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Jacqueline Burandt
BEAUMONT, Texas – Jacqueline Mead Burandt, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Beaumont, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burandt Family Cemetery in Lafayette County. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Hodges
COLUMBUS – Joseph H. “Joe” Hodges, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009,
at his residence. He was born Nov. 28, 1942, in Tupelo to Tyson and
Evie Riley Hodges. He was a 1960 graduate of Tupelo High School and a
graduate of Mississippi State University, where he was a member of
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Pi Sigma Epsilon Marketing Fraternity.
He served in the U.S. Army as a fixed wing pilot. He served one tour
in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters and the Vietnamese Cross of
Gallantry. He was a member of the VFW. He worked for Woodmen of the
World for two years, then began his 36-year career with State Farm
Insurance in Kosciusko and Columbus. He served as local, mid-state
and state president of NAFA – National Association of Insurance and
Financial Advisors, and also served on the Advisory Board of the
Peter K. Lutken Chair of Insurance of Mississippi State University
for over 15 years. He was honored with the Joe Hodges-State Farm
Endowed Scholarship from the Mississippi State University Foundation.
He was a longtime member of the Magnolia Kiwanis Club and served as
member and former chairman of the Columbus Civil Service Commission.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was
chairman of the Staff Parrish Relations Committee, chairman of the
Finance Committee, chairman of the Council of Ministries and member
of the Usher Committee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church
with Dr. Sam Morris, the Rev. B.F. Lee, Dr. Roy McAlilly and the Rev.
Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 2:30
p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Memorial Funeral Home in
Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Hodges of Columbus;
one daughter, Allison Hodges Horner (Jack) of Mobile, Ala.; one son,
Paul Hodges (Cyndi) of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Linda Hodges
Jamieson (David) of Fairhope, Ala.; his grandchildren, Barbara, Mary
and Sarah Horner, and Miriam Hodges.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Gary Eldridge, Dwain Acker, Danny Dilworth, Al
Hatcher and Dan Sisson. Honorary pallbearers will be all former
agents of the Joe Hodges District-AFD, agency manager/AFE Mid-South
region and Southern Zone; members of the Holiday Inn Coffee Club
(Think Tank); members of the Larry Brooks Super Bulldog Club; and
members of the Spring and Fall Seminar Methodist Ministers Group.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and
from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast
Office, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472; or
Mississippi State University Foundation, Joe Hodges-State Farm
Endowed Scholarship, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Flora Stafford
AMORY – Flora Masengale Stafford, 78, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at
the Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona after an extended
illness. She was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Marion County, Ala., to
Truman and Chester Brewer Masengale. She married Kenneth Stafford in
1946. She was a self-employed florist before her retirement. She was
a member of First Baptist Church in Amory and went more than 40 years
without missing church services. She enjoyed yard work and crocheting.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home
Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter
officiating. Burial will be in the Lann Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Stafford of Amory;
one son, James L. “Dub” Stafford of Amory; one daughter, Judy S.
Kennedy of Amory; one brother, Arley B. Masengale of Guin, Ala.; one
sister, Jean Stanford of Amory; three grandchildren, Dr. Jonathan
Miles (Stacie), Jamie N. Stafford and Samantha Burt (Eric); and three
great-grandchildren, Wesley Miles, Hunter Burt and Allison Arendt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Donna
Stafford; a son-in-law, Ottis Kennedy; and a granddaughter, Jennifer
L. Stafford.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Chris Spivey
CORINTH – Christopher “Chris” Spivey, 25, died Tuesday, Dec. 15,
2009, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.
Burial will be in Lowrey Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time.

Stewart Howell
MYRTLE – Stewart Alan Howell, 37, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at
his residence. He was born April 27, 1972, to Clyde Howell and Marion
McCallen. He was an employee of Riverside Traffic Systems Inc. He
was a member of the Amaziah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service
Chapel with the Rev. Jason Howell and the Rev. Randy Futral
officiating. Burial will be in the Temperence Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Smithey Howell of Myrtle; his father
and stepmother, Clyde and Anasticia Howell of Hickory Flat; his
mother and stepfather, Marion and George McCallen of Walls; two
daughters, Angel Howell and Maddison Laher-Howell, both of Myrtle;
two sons, Chris Howell of Hickory Flat and Ethan Howell of Myrtle;
two sisters, Michele Haley (Phillip) of Red Banks and Krystal Chism
(Brandon) of Hickory Flat; one niece and two nephews.
Pallbearers will be William Carpenter, Chris Burks, Wayne Pruitt,
Billy Jack Rodgers, David Farr and Booker Farr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Marlene Nichols
FULTON – Marlene Nichols, 77, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at
Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 8, 1932, in
Hamilton, Ala., to Martin and Mertle Bell Lockhart Webb. She was a
retired cutter at a chicken processing plant in Bentonville, Ark.
There will be no funeral service. Burial will be in Mantachie
Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Nichols of Fulton; two
brothers, Gene Webb of Tennessee and Billy Webb of Frankford, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gloria Bailey
OXFORD – Gloria Jones Bailey, 62, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in
Brownsfield, she was a homemaker and a member of Clear Creek Baptist
Church, where she taught pre-school Sunday school for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Graveside services will be at 11
a.m. Saturday at Tiplersville Cemetery in Tiplersville.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Bailey of Oxford; one son,
Anthony Bailey and wife, Rachel, of Flowood; two sisters, Helon Luna
of Chalybeate and Brenda Shea of Tiplersville; four brothers, Buddy
Jones of Ripley, Jerry Jones of Tiplersville, Terry Jones of
Chalybeate and Bill Jones of Walnut; and four grandchildren,
Jonathan, Joseph, James Daniel and Joshua Bailey.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box
140800, Nashville, TN 37214.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit
www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Pauline Botts
BOONEVILLE – Johnnie Pauline Botts, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 16,
2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home
Chapel with Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in
Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Randy Sanders
FORREST CITY, Ark. – Randy Sanders, 54, died suddenly Sunday, Dec.
13, 2009, at the Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City, Ark. He
was a former resident of Tupelo.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Forrest Park
Cemetery in Forrest City. Stevens Funeral Home of Forrest City was in
charge of the arrangements.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.stevensfuneralhome.net.

Terry Stevens
NEW ALBANY – Terry Stevens, 50, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his
home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by
United Funeral Service. Visitation will be tonight at the funeral home.

Irene Bullard
IUKA – Irene Bullard, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the North
Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in
Iuka. Burial will follow in Hubbard Salem Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jacqueline Burandt
BEAUMONT, Texas – Jacqueline Mead Burandt, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 15,
2009, in Beaumont, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burandt Family
Cemetery in Lafayette County. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge
of the arrangements.

NEMS Daily Journal