Obituaries Feb. 12, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dorothy Evans
OXFORD – Dorothy Lee Beard Evans, 73, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at her home in Oxford. She was born in Mt. Hope, Ala. She was a retired sales clerk for the University of Mississippi Book Store and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She spent time volunteering with charitable organizations including Women’s Auxiliary Volunteer Fire Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Gregory Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Knighton and her husband, Rodney, of Water Valley and Rose Jackson and her husband, Stacy, of Oxford; two sons, Tommy Lee Evans of Oxford and Bo Evans and his wife, Georgia, of Batesville; two sisters, Jean Sykes of Tupelo and Thelma Fowler and her husband, Bill, of Bartlett, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Thomas Evans, and a grandchild, Christopher Knighton.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Jo Ann O’Quinn, 1406 Johnson Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Audrey T. Oliver
GOLDEN – Audrey T. Oliver, 76, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1934, in Vina, Ala., to Jack and Cora McClain Oliver. He was a Pentecostal in belief and a carpenter. He and his wife were foster parents for many children. He enjoyed life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Speaker Merle Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Crocker Oliver of Golden; three sons, Bobby Oliver and Mark Oliver (Janey) of Belmont, and Tim Oliver of Golden; three grandchildren, Jeromy Oliver, Taylor Oliver and Wyatt Oliver; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Merle Rogers, David Lancaster, Danny Chesnutt, Terry Craig, Stevie Chesnutt and Tommy Edgeworth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Flaudie Hallum
BIG CREEK – Flaudie McMahan Hallum, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born May 20, 1919, in Grenada County. She was a Baptist and a member of Mt. Tabor Church. She was a retired inspector for Kellwood. She loved spending time with her family, crocheting, playing cards and playing the harmonica. She was married to Daniel Clayton Hallum for 56 years before his death in 1993.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Gladwin Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Big Creek.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Fesmire of Metairie, La.; two sons, David Hallum (Betsy) of Vardaman and Larry Hallum (Pat) of Memphis; nine grandchildren, Bridget Logan (Waylon) of Vardaman, Cherri Crutchfield (Jason) of Vardaman, Keith Hallum (Penny) of Arkansas, Kelly Myers (John) of Memphis, Darren Hudson (Carol) of Clinton, Rhonda Browning (Mickey) of Clinton, Sonya McDonald (Jim) of Nashville, Pam Bennett of Metairie, La., Angie Roberts of Mandeville, La.; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Lee McMahan and Lucy Carpenter McMahan; a son, James Hallum; a daughter, Lora Etta Hudson; four sisters, Minnie Lee Carter, Loula Mae Terry, Willie Barbwell and Leona McCammon; and two brothers, Richard McMahan and Howard McMahan; and a grandson, J.R. Hallum.
Pallbearers will be Darren Hudson, John Myers, Keith Hallum, Waylon Logan, Jason Crutchfield, Barney Wade, Howard Goodson and Stanley Criss.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bro. Don Trammel
PRATTS – Bro. Don Trammel, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at his home in the Pratts community after an extended 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 and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at West Jackson Street Baptist Church.

Roberta Stroud
WEST POINT – Roberta Norris Stroud, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at The Windsor Place. She was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Newark, Ark., to Lee Roy and Mary Etta Cox Norris. She moved to West Point with her husband and sons in 1955. She was married to the late J.B. Stroud. She was known for her skills in arranging flowers and her use of wild plants in her floral designs. She provided arrangements for numerous weddings and other events, and chaired the flower committee at the First Baptist Church. She especially enjoyed floral design courses at Mississippi State University. She was known to have a green thumb in her flower and vegetable garden. She was a published, prize winning poet and member of the New Century Club in West Point. She and her husband were sports fans who were longtime season ticket holders in baseball, football and basketball at MSU. Because of their Arkansas roots, they were also big fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
A private graveside service was held Thursday, Feb. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. J.B. Stroud Jr. of Thibodaux, La., and George Alan Stroud (Fran) of Louisville, Ky.; two grandsons, Jody Blair Stroud (Robin) and Joshua McPhail Stroud; great-granddaughter, Raegan Blair Stroud, and great-grandson, Cooper Eric Stroud.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband; and a daughter-in-law, Bettye McPhail Stroud, on Feb. 7, 2010.
Memorials may be made to J.B. Stroud Human Resource Management Scholarship, Mississippi State University Foundation Inc.

Irene Denson
NEW SITE – Irene E. Denson, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Scott-Del Cottage in Booneville. She was a member of the Forked Oak Baptist Church and retired from Marietta Manufacturing Company.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rickey Johnson and Bro. Horace McCombs officiating. Burial will be in the Allen Line Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.
She is survived by one son, David W. Denson and wife, Linda, of Burton; two sisters, Kathleen Sheppard of Tishomingo and Movline Taylor of Booneville; two grandsons, Bradley Denson and wife, Heather, of Columbus and Justin Denson and wife, Marli, of Jonesboro, Ark.; and four great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Ada Wilson; her husband, Herchel Denson; and two brothers, James Arthur and Earl Wilson.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Bettye Jenkins
TUPELO – Bettye Jean Jenkins, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Kingdom Seekers Church and a former employee of the NMMC and United Blood Services. She loved cooking, sewing, fishing, fixing hair, and taking care of cats and dogs. Known as “Mama Bettye,”she never met a stranger and opened her home to many who needed a place to call home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Life Changing Ministries in Tupelo. Pastor Terry Traylor will officiate, and Pastor Kevin Armstrong will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Pastor Kevin “Rome” (Melony) Armstrong and Lajune “Tank” Donte Armstrong, both of Tupelo; five grandsons, Keith Armstrong, Kyle Armstrong, Kevin K.J. Armstrong Jr., Kamal Armstrong and Terrence Rice of Tupelo; one great-grandson, Koen Gregorey of Tupelo; three sisters, Shirley Green of Tupelo, Caroline (George) Green of Saltillo and Janice (Sylvester) Bradley of Tupelo; five brothers, Larry Young of Baldwyn, Clifton (Johnnie) Young of Chicago, Kenneth (Shawana) Young and Allen (Patricia) Thomas, all of Tupelo, and Jerry Johnson of Chicago; two uncle, Elmo (Willie Mae) Staples of Tupelo and Joe (Queeney) Johnson of Columbus; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Othniel Jenkins Jr.; her parents, Bill and Gladys Hill Johnson; her grandchild, Kevin Armstrong Jr.; and her grandmother, Nancy Staples.
Pallbearers will Ron Green, Bobby Marion, Luther Shawder, George Green, Rob Hadley, Darrion Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons.
The viewing will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday with family and friends hour from 6 until 7 p.m. Viewing will be at the church one hour prior to service on Sunday.
Online condolences can be made to the Jenkins/Armstrong family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Edith Busby
Our loving mother, Edith Earline Logan Busby, 85, fell asleep peacefully on Feb. 10, 2010, surrounded by her family to join her heavenly Father and loved ones. She was a lifetime companion and wife to our beloved father, the late James T. Busby. Edith was an endearing grandmother who was affectionately and proudly known as “Grannie,” ever providing infinite patience, kindness and love.
Edith was a dedicated partner with her husband, devoting her life to minister to the needs of others and sharing the message to accept Jesus Christ. She exhibited untiring energy and enthusiasm in the many years of service to local communities and churches. Edith gladly and willingly rallied to accept any duty presented to her. She spent her life caring for others but always showing humility regarding her accomplishments. She placed the needs of others above her own. Edith was a delightful, compassionate sweet spirit who brightened a home with the sound of her voice and warmed hearts with her smile. She was a treasured friend. There was no time of day in which one was not welcomed to her modest home. Edith was an exceptional homemaker and cook, joyfully sharing her recipes of tea cakes, yeast rolls and other delicious goodies. She was an active member of the Homemaker’s Association in Calhoun County. She crocheted countless doilies for family, friends, and the community.
Edith was born to George and Dora Logan in Sarepta, Mississippi, on May 14, 1924. She was an only child who had a zest for life growing up in Calhoun County. Her mother was a teacher and her father had traveled worldwide in the United States Navy. She graduated from Bruce High School in Bruce, Mississippi, and worked for Cook’s in Bruce. She met her lifetime partner, James, and they were wed on Feb. 26, 1949. To this union, Edith and James were blessed with three children, Mike, Lisa and Mark, and three loving grandchildren. Their enduring love and devotion has touched all of our lives for the past 60 years and will continue. Edith’s fulltime faithfulness and care for others was demonstrated throughout their ministry of many local churches including Mount Tabor, Concord, Rocky Mount and New Providence (over 30 years). She worked tirelessly as a Sunday School Teacher and with Vacation Bible Schools for children who lovingly called her “Buzzy” as well as any service she was called to perform. During retirement, Edith became a member of First Baptist Church in Pittsboro and remained active for years. Edith cheerfully worked as a clerk and assistant to the manager for a number of years at TWL in Bruce. She greeted each day with excitement and eagerness to enjoy life. However, for most of Edith’s life, she did not receive monetary payment for her numerous roles but gave sacrifice, devotion, and love.
Edith leaves to cherish her memories with a daughter, Lisa Busby Thomas, of Ridgeland; a son, Mark Busby, of Pittsboro; three grandchildren, John Mark Busby of Pittsboro, Jensyn Busby of Pittsboro and Logan Thomas of Ridgeland; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Busby of Pittsboro; and one son-in-law, Chris Thomas of Ridgeland. Edith is preceded in death by her parents; James, her husband; and one son, Mike.
Visitation will be held at Parker Memorial Gardens, Bruce, Mississippi, today, Feb. 12, 2010, at 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled at New Providence Baptist Church, Derma, Mississippi, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 2 p.m. with visitation scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the memorial service.
Edith was an angel on earth who is now rejoicing with her loved ones in our heavenly kingdom and is at peace. We, her family, are so proud and blessed to have been guided by such an incredibly wise and generous mother and grandmother. We will always keep her prayers dear to our hearts and remember her strength, courage and grace. She will continue to touch our lives and all who knew her for generations. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Calhoun County Baptist Association for Missions, P.O. Drawer S, Calhoun City, MS 38916.

Michelle Holbrook
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Karen Michelle Holbrook, 28, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at her residence in Knoxville. She was born Sept. 1, 1981, to Ronald G. Holbrook and Debi J. Overall.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Irvin and Tom Sciandra officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
She is survived by one son, Nicholas C. Holbrook of Kodak, Tenn.; her mother, Debi J. Overall of Kodak, Tenn.; her father, Ronald G. Holbrook (Debbie) of Cayce; one sister, Camille Holbrook (Mikey Storm) of Knoxville, Tenn.; one niece, Olivia Storm of Knoxville; her grandmothers, Frances Overall of Falkner and Vedie Holbrook of Holly Springs; one aunt, Dottie Gadd (Phil) of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Loyd Overall and Frank Holbrook; one aunt, Shelia Pannell.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Willie Conwill
TREMONT – Willie Francis Conwill, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at her residence. She was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Franklin County, Ala., to Calhoun and Annie Clingan Griffus. She was a seamstress and a member of Pineville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel of Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. John Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Golden.
Survivors are three sons, Doug Conwill (Cherry) and Jim Conwill, all of Tremont, and Milton Conwill (Sue) of Hamilton, Ala.; one sister, E.C. Humphries of Hamilton, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be Brent Conwill, Scott Conwill, Josh Conwill, Josh Smith, Jeremy West and Kyle Conwill. Honorary pallbearer will be Sonny Conwill.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Saturday.

Myrtle Jarnigan
RED BAY, Ala. – Myrtle Marie Jarnigan, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Generations in Red Bay. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home.

Tilda Hill
HOULKA – Tilda Pulliam Hill, 103, died Saturday, February 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Clark Chapel M.B. Church. She loved flowers, cooking, canning and going to church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Lighthouse of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Bruce. Elder Joe Lee Jones will officiate. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruthie Faye Jones of Houlka and Hattie Miller of Bruce; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren.
Visitation is noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burma Brown
AMORY – Burma Mae “Sug” Armstrong Brown, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born March 23, 1923, in Itawamba County, she was the daughter of Joseph Walker and Augusta Etoie Sloan Armstrong. A homemaker, she married Mancil Brown in 1940; he died in 2004. Along with her husband, she developed land in Monroe County and land near the Tenn-Tom Waterway in Itawamba County. She was a member of the Railroad Ladies Auxiliary Club and a member of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family, her grandchildren and her pets.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Sisk and Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Brown Pearce of Fulton and Eria Brown Roberts of LaPlace, La.; two sisters, Nettie Calhoun of Amory and Gussie Armstrong of Fulton; four grandchildren, Teresa Fears Keating (Ronnie) of LaPlace, La., Jill Pearce Moore (Rodney) of Mooreville, Curt Pearce of Fulton and Nicole Roberts Lambert (Kyle) of Granby, Conn.; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Granville, J.B., Joe, E.D., Billy and John Paul Armstrong; and sisters, Mable Young, Mary Hill and Nell Armstrong.
Pallbearers will be her great nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the Coker family: Ed, Mary Frances, Rex and Margaret, and families.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821 or to First Friends, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.

Virginia O’Callaghan
TUPELO – Virginia Kay Wade O’Callaghan, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after an extended illness. A lifelong Lee Countian, she was born on May 5, 1953, in Tupelo to B.H. and Lurlyne Creely Wade. She was a Baptist and had worked for a short time in X-ray at North Mississippi Medical Center. She enjoyed reading and playing cards, and loved her children and grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include one daughter, Shawni Loden (Michael) of New Albany; two sons, Michael Wade Addison of Tupelo and Malcolm O’Callaghan of Virginia; two sisters, Marthann Logan (Tom) and Dorothy Lamar (William), both of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Corey (Laci), Matt (Marika), Cayden, Peyton, Brandon and Jasmine; four great-grandchildren, Collen, Hailey, Alex and Lexi; her former husband, Gene O’Callaghan of Tupelo; a special friend, Jackie Laprade of New Albany; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, B.H. Wade III; and grandchild, Alex Loden.

Wayne Hall
TUPELO – Douglas Wayne Hall, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his home in Tupelo. He was born on Feb. 16, 1955, in Memphis to W.C. and Glenna Lee Hall. He had lived in Tupelo for the past 25 years, moving from New Albany. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo. He loved sailing, boating, his Ford Model T, Ole Miss football and he was a diehard New Orleans Saints fan since 1969. He made great lemon icebox pie, was an avid conversationalist, loved road trips, playing ping-pong and spending time with his friends and his family, whom he cared for and loved deeply.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Gayle Alexander officiating and Dave Jensen delivering the eulogy. Private graveside services will be held at Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Saturday.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Virginia “Ann” Hall of Tupelo; four sons, Justin Douglas Hall of Tupelo, Tyler Wayne Hall (Whitney) of Waco, Texas, Cody Pharr Hall of Oxford and Young Harrison Hall of Tupelo; two brothers, Larry W. Hall of Olive Branch and Gregory C. Hall of New Albany; three sisters; Janice K. Clayton, Kathy J. Gray and Marqueta Hall of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Carter.
Pallbearers are Justin Hall, Tyler Hall, Cody Hall, Young Hall, Paul Taylor, William “Pete” Bees, Roger Elmore and Joseph Hodges.

Gordon Adams
MARIETTA – Gordon Adams, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at his home. He was born April 11, 1933, in Hindman, Ky., to Kelly and Lillis Williams Adams. He grew up in Pikeville, Ky., and graduated from Pikeville High School in May 1951.Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from Baxter Health Care Corp. in Waukegan, Ill., after 18 years service. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Assn., VFW, American Legion, and American Military Society. He moved to Marietta in June 1989. He loved to fish and travel.
Funeral services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Greg Smart officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Clark Adams; a stepdaughter, Jeannia Stacy (Stan) of New Site; a sister, Laureda Justice (Morris) of Betsy Layne, Ky.; two grandchildren, Brian Stacy of Booneville and Ginger Rutherford (Mitch) of Mooreville; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Flo Adams of Pikeville, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Kelly “Buddy” Adams.
Pallbearers are Ray Champion, Billy Clark, Hoyt Clark, Mitch Rutherford, Brian Stacy and Lloyd Williams.

Vincent Shinault
BOONEVILLE – Vincent Shinault, 46, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Jackson. He was the son of the late Hershel and Arrie Leach Shinault. He joined Wolf Creek M.B. Church at an early age and later joined Faith Harvest Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church with Min. Jessica Stamps officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include one son, Antron Taylor of Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Michael, Anthony and G. B. Shinault, all of Booneville; three nieces, Kim (Todd) Jones of Memphis, Kendra Boyd and Karnesha Boyd, both of Booneville; a special friend, Merria Johnson; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eula Boyd; and two brothers, Scotty and Vance Shinault.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today.The body will be in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Johnny W. Edward
SHANNON – Johnny W. Edward died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Thomas Fagan
LAFAYETTE SPRINGS – Thomas William Fagan, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, in Lafayette Springs. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a carpenter, electrician and millwright.
A memorial service will be at noon today at Bluff Springs Baptist Church at Denmark in Lafayette County. Bro. Adam Vinson and Bro. Jed Daniels will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his brother, Lynn Erickson; a son, Jeff Fagan; a daughter, Debbie Fagan; two stepsons, Mark Daniels and Jef Daniels; grandchildren, A.J. Daniels, Tyler Daniels, Connor Daniels, Bailey Daniels and Keigan Daniels.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Fagan; his mother, Ila Erickson; and a brother, Irv Fagan.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Blue Springs Baptist Church.

David Hall
HOULKA – Thomas David Hall, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Gara Edwards
TUPELO – Gara Pearl Corder Edwards, 95, of Traceway Manor, formerly of Pontotoc, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 18, 1914, in Pontotoc County to George Williams Corder and Lena Pearl Flaherty Corder. She married James Rudolph Edwards on Nov. 25, 1932; he died in 1976. She worked as a sales associate with Page’s 5&10 for many years before working with her husband in their business, Sun Oil Company. She loved Pontotoc and West Heights Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Gerald Buckley officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Martha Edwards Classon of Louisville, Ky., and Janie Edwards Waldrip (Gary) of Tupelo; one brother, Max Corder (Debbie) of Bigfork, Mont.; grandchildren, James Kevin Farmer (Carol) and Felecia Hester (Joe), all of Louisville, Ky., and Suzy Waldrip Simpson (Alex) of Brentwood, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; her stepmother, Alma Corder; one grandchild, Wendi Gail Waldrip; three brothers, Herman Corder, Bud Corder and Kellie Corder; and a son-in-law, Ron Classon.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stegall, Jimmy Roberts, Gary Higgins, Gary Pettit, Bobby Foreman and Ralph Mitchell.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the church.

R.D. Fox
CALHOUN CITY – R.D. Fox died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born May 31, 1924, in Calhoun County to Earlie and Square Fox. He was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was married to Louise Walker Fox for more than 60 years before her death. They had eight children. He worked at various jobs including farming and hauling pulpwood. He was employed at Custom Dimension in Calhoun City and at Weyerhaeuser Co. in Bruce, where he retired.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Calhoun City. Dr. Tracy Foxx will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Survivors include eight children, Mark Parker of Toledo, Ohio, Ada (Charles) Armstrong of Calhoun City, Dike (Daisy) Fox of Vardaman, Jerry (Betty) Fox of Calhoun City, Lounette Fox of Calhoun City, Craig (Charlene) Fox of Houston, James (Linda) Fox of New Llano, La., and Delisa (John) Flynn of Mountaintop, Pa.; three sisters, Cleo (Theodis) Moore of Calhoun City, Theo Fox of Tulsa, Okla., and Mae Ola Willis of Detroit, Mich.; 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers, Magdalene, Levola, Viola Roberts, Cora Russell, Jatale and E.L. Fox.

Shirley Hanson
HOUSTON – Shirley Piper Hanson, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 15, 1934, in Racine, Wis., to Raymond Piper and Bernice “Billie” Urban Piper. She was a homemaker.
A memorial service will be held in Racine, Wis., at a later date. Burial will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Racine. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Randy (Susan) Franks of Nettleton and David (Debbie) Franks Sr. of Racine, Wis.; her grandchildren, David Franks Jr., Melissa Ozuna, Brianna Franks and Bridget Franks; her special friend and companion, Myrl Barnes of Houston.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 443 S. Jackson St., Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Dawn Watson
CORINTH – Dawn Hardin Watson died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Connie Moore
CORINTH – Connie Moore died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hight Funeral Home.

O.V. Martin
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – O.V. Martin, formerly of Corinth, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.

Pennie DeBerry
HOLLY SPRINGS – Pennie Mae Winfrey DeBerry, 58, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

Annie Ruth Walker
TUPELO – Annie Ruth Walker, 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to service time.

Ellen Beals
CORINTH – Ellen Beals, 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Zion Baptist Church. Burial will be in St. Rest Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Ronny Martin
IUKA – Ronny L. Martin, 69, formerly of Booneville, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at his home near Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.