Obituaries December 26, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Vera Cleveland
CALHOUN CITY – Vera Myrtle Cleveland, 97, died Dec. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born July 13, 1913. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, the Women’s Missionary Union, the Century Club and the Eastern Star. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Dax Summerhill officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, James Wayne Cleveland of Calhoun City; her grandchildren, Michelle Calvert of Jackson and Gwendolyn Cleveland of Oxford; and her great-grandchild, Jasmine Calvert of Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ausie Cleveland.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

George McGraw
IUKA – George McGraw, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Candia Wells
GLEN – Candia Lynn Clarkson Wells, 35, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. She was born Oct. 27, 1975. She was a rehab tech with Mid South Rehab and a member of East Booneville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Michael Wells III of Burnsville; her daughter, Lauren Jade Wilbanks of Oxford; her mother, Vickie Hannon Williams of Glen; her father, Joey Russell Clarkson II, and wife, Ann of Burnsville; her brothers, Joseph Chase Williams and wife Heather of Corinth and Tanner Clarkson of Burnsville; her stepsister, Jennifer Burns and husband Jason of Burnsville; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Hannon of Iuka; her paternal grandmother, Ida Roberts of Burnsville; her stepgrandfather, Bob Roberts of Burnsville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lloyd Hannon, and her paternal grandfather, Joe Clarkson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Infant Memory Williams
MOOREVILLE – Memory Lasha Lynn Williams, 2 months, infant daughter of Miranda Trulove and Brandon Lynn Williams, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at her home in Mooreville. She was born Oct. 12, 2010, at the Women’s Hospital-North Mississippi Medical Center. She was well loved by her parents and her extended family. She was a precious child with a sweet personality and joyful nature.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Shannon with Bro. Paul Beam and Bro. Mark Williams officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Miranda Trulove and Brandon Williams; a sister, Mahkaylah Parker; two brothers, Braylon and Jacoby Williams, all of Mooreville; her grandparents, Danny Lynn Williams (Donna) of Mooreville, Patricia Posey (Bart) of Pontotoc and Sylvia Peck; three aunts, Deanna Trulove, Hailey Posey and Silvia Williams; and two uncles, Damon Mills and Jaden Gray.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dewayne Wade Trulove.
Pallbearers will be her aunts and uncles Deanna, Hailey, Silvia and Damon.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Shannon and continue there until service time Monday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ann Applewhite
WEST POINT – Ann Applewhite, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Ann Langley Applewhite was born March 8, 1921, in Thorn to Ella Alford and James Franklin Langley. She was a retired Realtor for Golden Triangle Realty and was a member of First Baptist Church. She married John Thomas Applewhite Sr. on June 5, 1947, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha A. Carr (Glenn) of Collierville, Tenn., and Cathy R. Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; two sons, John Thomas Applewhite and Robert F. Applewhite, both of West Point; two grandchildren; Kris Hughes and Thomas Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Avery Hughes, Ayrington Hughes and Jacob Johnson; and one sister, Evelyn Miller of West Point.
She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Johnson, Kris Hughes, R.B. Davis, Jimmy Miller, Dwight Prisock and Glenn Carr.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Lorene Sides
MYRTLE – Alma Lorene Jarrett Sides, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born April 25, 1932, in Union County to J.T. Jarrett and Ruby Bingham Jarrett. She was a retired employee with Gilbert’s Home Health. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jarrett Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Julia Dye (Chris) of Hickory Flat; two sons, Kenneth Sides (Janet) of Myrtle and Bill Embry of Florida; a foster son, Jimmy Woodson of Idaho; two sisters, Onita Jameson (Tommy) of Slayden and Tawanda Thompson (Charles) of Memphis; a brother, Bill Bingham (Evelyn) of New Albany; her grandchildren, Patricia Bingham (Steve Murphy), Diane Sides, Jason Garrett, Tori Leopard (Klint), Jacob Williams (Crystal), Ivy Dye, Eden Dye, Rose Dye and Elliot Embry; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Bingham; and a special friend, James Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Calvin Sides; a daughter, Tammy Sides Briscoe; a son, Ronnie Sides; and a brother, Steve Bingham.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Williams, Bill Smith, Hugh Jones, David Bingham, Chuck Hill and Tony Ivy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Joe Westmoreland
TUPELO – Joe Westmoreland, 74, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at his home in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. 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.
Braylen Stanley
TUPELO – Braylen Ellis Stanley, infant son of Jesse and Rachel Stanley, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Women’s Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Endville Cemetery with the Rev. Horace Barnes officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Jesse and Rachel Stanley of Fulton; and his big brother, Benton Reed Stanley of the home.
Condolences may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
San Adkerson
TUPELO – San Shuttleworth Adkerson, 63, died peacefully in her sleep from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease while visiting New Orleans, LA. on Dec. 24th, 2010.
She was the endearing and beloved mother of Richard Clark Adkerson, William Tyler Adkerson and wife Heather and Robert Ryan Adkerson. She was the former spouse and close friend of Richard Carl Adkerson. She was the cousin of Richard “Dick” Daugherty and his wife, Brenda, and of Diane Daugherty Green.
Born on Jan. 8, 1947, in Tupelo to Byron Tyler and Laura Daugherty Shuttleworth, she graduated from Tupelo High School in 1965 and from Mississippi State University with a BA degree with special distinction in 1969.
During her life, she lived in New Orleans, Houston and Falls Church, Va. before returning to Tupelo in 2005 and continued to have friends in all of those places.
She taught at the Sam Barth School in New Orleans until retiring to be a full-time mother.
San will be especially remembered for her kindness, her strength, her positivity and the unwavering love and support she provided to those close to her. She enjoyed traveling to new places, reading, spending time with her friends, her cats, and attending Mississippi State athletic events.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with a visitation at the same location beginning 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to a favorite charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Alice Farrar
BALDWYN – Alice Nichols Farrar at the age of 101 went to be with the Lord on Christmas Day, 2010. She was currently residing in the Baldwyn Nursing Home, but her heart still remained with her home in the Pratts Community. She was born in Itawamba County on Aug. 23, 1909, to John and Gertie Grisson Nichols, one of eight children. Her mother died when Alice was eight, and her father married Roberta Williams, who was a much beloved stepmother.
On Nov. 18, 1927, Alice married Robert Hasten Farrar and moved with him to establish a farm in Pratts. The couple grew numerous kinds of row crops and also dairy farmed. It was a hard but rewarding life in the country. They were faithful members of Friendship Baptist Church and were very active in church activities as long as their health allowed them. Mama Alice, as she was known by all the family, was truly a homemaker, and she always was there with a welcome to one and all. Whenever any of the extended family referred to “going down home,” they meant going to that white farmhouse in Pratts to Big Daddy and Mama Alice. Big Daddy died in 2002 after seventy five years of marriage.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial with be in Pratts Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Grisham of the Pratts Community and Jo Gardner of Southgate, Mich.; and one son, Kenneth Farrar of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren, Frankie Grisham, Linda Crawford (Ronnie), Keith Farrar (Bonnie), all of Baldwyn; Barbara Gardner Biskner (Jerry) and Sheryl Gardner Denman (Fred) of Southgate, Mich., Steve Farrar of Chicago, Ill. and Luanne Farrar McGuirk of Memphis; 12 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, W.F. Nichols (Lynn) and Paul Nichols (Catherine) of Olive Branch.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and stepmother; a brother, Elbert Nichols; four sisters, Pearl Davidson, Bertie Raburn, Annie Mae Humber and Edna Agee.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Crawford, Earl Stone, Joe Blassingame, Keylon Gholston, Nelson Miller and Bobby Lytal.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Pratts Cemetery, 193 Cr 2890, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Prentis Franks
SKYLINE – Prentis V. Franks, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 26, 1921, in the Gilvo Community to Otto and Irene Payne Franks.
Due to an injury as a child, he was unable to serve in the military; however, during World War II, he worked for the Manhattan Project in Oakridge, Tenn. A man of many talents, he began his working career as a peddler with Frank’s Rolling Store.
He later worked for Brown’s Salvage a number of years and also worked as a mechanic. Later in life, he owned Frank’s Pawn Shop for over 20 years. He was an avid gardener and loved his antique tractor. He was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Leon Willis and the Rev. Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Knight (Mike) of Tupelo, Sue Wright (Bill) of Mooreville and Penny O’Quinn of Tupelo; a special friend and caregiver, Phil Ewing of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Rusty Knight of Southaven, Brandy Hogan (Chris) of Tupelo, Alex Knight (Summer) of Nettleton, Jason Wright of Mooreville, Candi Quartaro (Brent) of Tupelo, Kristen O’Quinn of Tupelo, Ashleigh O’Quinn of Houston, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Zoe Wright, Chandler Quartaro, Will Quartaro, Connor Hogan and Aiden Wright; one sister, Dorothy Nichols of Plantersville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Franks; one sister, Mary Kate Wilson; and two brothers, Thomas Swanzy Franks and Charles “Bud” Franks.
Pallbearers will be Tom Franks, Donnie Nichols, Paul Brents, Bobby Brents, Steve Franks, Chris Hogan and Brent Quartaro.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Cousar
ABERDEEN – Barbara Eden Pearson Cousar, 50, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. Born on Oct. 9, 1960, in Amory, she was a daughter of Herbert Wicks and Marietta Eden Martin Pearson.
Barbara was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1978, and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen and the Presbyterian Women’s Organization. Barbara retired from the Medical Records department at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a loving, caring, giving and determined lady with a huge heart for others. Barbara’s family, especially her son, was most important to her. Enjoying the outdoors, Barbara loved working in the yard, sunbathing, camping, fishing and riding motorcycles. She enjoyed listening to a variety of music and spending time with her dog, Sport. An avid Ole Miss fan, she was a member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Dalton Lee Cousar of Aberdeen; special friend, Steve Gill of Coontail; sisters, Becky Lynn Pearson (Chuck) Tackett of Wren, Marcia R. Pearson (Armando) Escarcega of Tucson, Ariz. and Sharon (Ron) Aldridge of Amory; nieces, Amber Eden Paepke, Veronica R. Escarcega and Hannah Jackson; and nephew, Alexander “Alex” Escarcega.
Pallbearers will be Michael Pearson, Ben Harlow, Steve Gill, Ronnie and Rex Allen Thompson and Peter and Eden Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Creekmore, Chris Wallace and Jimmy Harlow.
Memorials may be given to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

‘Bud’ Dillard
ALABASTER, Ala. – Willie Berdell “Bud” Dillard, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Civic Center Health and Rehab in Birmingham. He was born May 21, 1929, in Union County to Adron Berdell and Flossie Swords Dillard. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retired salesman. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service with Dr. Lou Zemek officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Dillard (Judy) of Sylva, N.C., and Terry Dillard (Fredia) of Alabaster; one sister, Dorothy Purvis of New Albany; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Hood Dillard; and by a brother, A.J. Dillard.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Dillard’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
Jimmie Pruett Jr.
WEST POINT – Jimmie Pruett Jr., 88, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Mr. Pruett was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Monroe County in Smithville to Donie Little Pruett and James Daniel Pruett. He was a mechanic for the Mississippi National Guard for 29 years and was a self-employed carpenter.
Mr. Pruett faithfully served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He was a charter member of West End Baptist Church and faithfully served as deacon for 64 years. He was the first Clay County Volunteer of the Year, chosen in 1990 for the “Thousand Points of Light” Award. Jimmie married Mildred Fulgham Pruett on Oct. 17, 1946; she preceded him in death on Nov. 9, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Mathena officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Roger Daniel Pruett, and his wife, Sandy of Waxahachie, Texas; two grandchildren, Alicia Pruett and Jonathan Pruett and his wife, Jessica; and one great-grandchild, Paiton Daniel Pruett.
He was preceded in death by two children, Jimmie Earl and Debra Ann; seven brothers, Hollis, David Clinton, Aubrey, John Otis, Clovis Sr., Audie and Sammie; and one sister, Flora Bell Pruett.
Pallbearers will be Robert La Shier, Bill Cappleman, Bobby Blackwell, Mike Matthews, Bobby Ellis and Keith May.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Harmon and the deacons of West End Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Jimmie Pruett Memorial Fund, c/o West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Jones
BLUE SPRINGS – Jimmy Clifton Jones, 68, died Dec. 23, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born in Darden in Sunflower County on July 6. 1942, to Jack and Ruby Rae Jones. He was retired. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Box Chapel Cemetery in Tippah County. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Brenda Bishop Jones of Blue Springs; two daughters, Kaye Jones and Dana Mooneyham (Keith) of Blue Springs; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Earline Duff (Robert) of Guntown, Shirley Blackard (Robert) of New Albany and Norma Miller (Morris) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his son, Glen Jones; his brothers: Jack Jr. and Billy Ray Jones; and his sister, Yvonne Floyd.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Fisher, Mickey Bishop, Steve Floyd, Mack Floyd, Mitch Brown and Jackie Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Jones and Clint Jones.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Rev. Robert Raper
GUNTOWN – Rev. Robert Raper, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porters’s Mortuary.

Howard Morgan
VARDAMAN – Howard Wilson Morgan, 71, died Dec. 24, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Calhoun County. He was Calhoun County District 5 Supervisor for more thanr 27 years.
He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, a member of the Community Board of Directors with Bancorp South Vardaman Branch, a member of the Mississippi State Supervisors Association and a member of the Three Rivers Planning and Development. He was an avid deer hunter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Vardaman High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating and the Rev. Jeff Harmon and the Rev. Jimmy Vance assisting. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Barton Morgan of Vardaman; two daughters, Melissa Edmondson (Joe) of Vardaman and Millette Nabors (Lee) of Houston; one son, Tony Morgan of Vardaman; four sisters, Evelyn Moore of Houston, Naomi Kelley of Derma, Rebecca Baker of Ripley and Cecile Barnett of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, Brandi Parker (Shawn), Trent Edmondson, Cody Edmondson (Lindsey), Deidra Thrasher (Steven), T.J. Morgan, Brennan Pugh, Grady Nabors, Harley Nabors, Greer Nabors and Tucker Nabors; four great-grandchildren, Ethan Parker, Grant Parker, Lizzie Edmondson and Hardin Thrasher; and a special sister-in-law, LaQuita Stewart of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Howard and Wilma Althea Lantrip Morgan; and a son, Howard Kevin Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Larry Bailey, Calvin Crutchfield, Earnest Fox, Duste Gore, Jason Gore, Billy James, Gwen Longest, Chad Lucius, Chris Lucius, Jimmy Moore, J.B. Rogers, Barney Wade and W.P. Wright.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at New Liberty Baptist Church in Vardaman and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online guest registry may be accessed at ParkerMemorialFuneralHome.com.
Kay Brewer
OXFORD – Kay Gunter Brewer died Dec. 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a loving mother and wife. She was born July 14, 1937, in Columbus. Kay graduated from SD Lee High School in Columbus in 1955. She attended Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, graduating with a Masters Degree in English. She taught English and speech for many years at both high school and collegiate levels. Shortly after college graduation, Kay performed as an actress at Summerstock in Colorado Springs. One of her cast members included Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.
She was a longtime member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, as well as the First Methodist Church of Columbus. Kay was very involved in charitable activities, serving as an officer with the Junior Auxiliary in Columbus as well as with other organizations in Hammond, La., Ruston, La. and Oxford.
Kay’s hobbies included playing bridge, gardening and being an avid football fan. She loved to travel and spend time with friends and family. Kay was honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Football Hall of Fame for her years of dedication as a college football wife.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gunter Peel Funeral Home in Columbus. Gunter Peel Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Billy Brewer of Oxford; her two sons, Brett Brewer of Memphis and Gunter Brewer of Stillwater, Okla.; her daughters-in-law, Susan and Rhonda Brewer; her grandchildren, Keaton, Blaine, Lauren, Bailey and Brogan Brewer; and her brother, Henry Tom Gunter of Reno, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rosa Katherine (Roke) Gunter.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Palmer Home, Columbus, Miss.

Edless Vance Sr.
HOULKA – Edless Vance Sr., 83, died Dec. 21, 2010, at Calhoun County Health Services.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Online registry can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Lunette Luther
PONTOTOC – Lunette Luther, 82, died Dec. 25, 2010, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She resided at Sunshine Health Care for 26 years. She enjoyed giving to others, doing embroidery work, shelling peas and spending time with babies and young children. She died on Christmas Day, her favorite holiday.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will be in Buckhorn Church of Christ Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her brother, Barney (Jane) Luther of Pontotoc; her sisters, Cusene Balldinger of Rockford, Ill., Nell (Gene) Lepard of Pontotoc and Juanice (Milton) Floyd of Booneville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Black Luther; her father, Elma Luther; her brothers, Cecil Wayne, Ladell and Wendall Luther; and her sisters, Ruth Blondell and Loree Luther.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Robert Berry
MT. POCONO, Pa. – Robert Eddie “Juice” Berry, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at his home. He was a native of Pontotoc County and a resident of Mt. Pocono, Pa. He was a certified mechanic. He had a passion for motorcycles.
Services will be at 1p.m. Tuesday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Baber officiating. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Pearlie Berry of Mt. Pocono; two daughters, Yvette (Mike) Sorrey and Fredda (Steve) Dodson both of Louisville, Ky; one son, Darryl Simmons of North Carolina; four sisters, Ada Simmons and Carnell Carroll, both of New York and Faylean Pulliam and Madie Irving, both of Pontotoc; three brothers, Billy (Toni) Berry and Erskin (Kate) Berry, all of New York and Rush (Mary) Berry of Pontotoc; his mother-in-law, Millie Raines of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joe Louis
VERONA – Joe Louis died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors.
Avery Springer Jr.
TAMPA, Fla. – Avery Martin Springer Jr., 68, died Dec. 20, 2010, at Brandon General Hospital in Tampa. He was born March 5, 1942, in Webster County to Avery Martin Springer and Sarah Gladys Butler Springer.
He graduated from Cumberland High School and from Delta State University. He received the degree of Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He spent his entire professional career employed with Ralston Purina Co. in various management positions, including domestic and international sales.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cecelia Franco Springer; one daughter Niki (Lane) Eargle; one son, Avery Martin Springer III, all of Tampa; two sisters, Sarah Parker of Riiviera Beach, Fla. and Victoria Springer of Sebring, Fla; two brothers, David Springer (Glenda) of Tupelo and Barry Springer (Julie) of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Funeral Mass and reception will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, Fla.
Online guest book is available at www.stowersfh.com.

J.T. Hughes
FULTON – J.T. Hughes died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors.
Arthur Rucker
HOUSTON – Arthur “Junior” Rucker, 72, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 31, 1938, to Arthur Smith Rucker and Della Mae Brown Rucker. He attended Faith Bible Church and drove a truck for more than 30 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Johnny Cherry and Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Rucker and Connie, Larry Rucker and Angela and Bobby Rucker, all of Houston; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Russell of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online registry can be accessed at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Ruby Eades
PONTOTOC – Ruby Eades, 99, died,Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
She was a native of Lee county and a member of Mt. Pleasant Chesterville M.B. Church, where she was a member of the mother’s board. She had a passion for fishing and loved flowers. She was the widow of Isaac Eades.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant Chesterville M.B. Church. with the Rev. Henry Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Benjamin Eades (Bobbie Nell) of Pontotoc; one sister, Jennie Wilder of Tupelo; one brother, C.B. White of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Betty Linton
BURNSVILLE – Betty Linton, 53, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Antioch Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.