Obituaries Feb. 20, 2010

By NEMS360.com

Marjorie Lawson
TUPELO – Marjorie Carolyn Waters Lawson, 73, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a sudden illness.
She was born in Tupelo on Aug. 17, 1936, to Cecil D. Waters and Pearl Kathleen Gibson Waters. She grew up in Tupelo and attended the First United Methodist Church, where she was the pianist as a youngster. A former Miss Hospitality for Tupelo, she graduated from Tupelo High School and attended MSCW (The “W”) and later obtained her bachelor’s degree in business and education from the University of Mississippi.
At Ole Miss, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. She was a public school teacher for many years and retired after 16 years as a switchboard operator for North Mississippi Medical Center. She loved
to cook, enjoyed talking on the phone daily to her best friend, Pat Nichols, and loved spending time with her granddaughter, Shea. She was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan, especially enjoying their football seasons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Dudley Nash officiating. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. service time on Sunday.
Survivors include her children, Lallie Wren and husband, James, of Nettleton, Dawn Scott of Memphis and Scott “Tut” Lawson of Memphis;
two grandchildren, Shea Lawson and Chad Kilgo; a special family friend, Christy Comer of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Lawson Sr., on April 5, 1987; and her son, James “Jim” Lawson Jr., on Feb.
3, 2003.
Pallbearers will be Woody Comer, Todd McCarty, David Clements, Matthew Clements, Andrew Clements and James Clements.
Memorials may be made to the Kappa Delta Sorority Foundation at Ole Miss, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.

Wayne Sumner
RANDOLPH – Vestel Wayne Sumner, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at his home in Randolph after a long illness. He was a devoted Christian and attended Antioch Freewill Baptist Church. He was an ironworker
for Local 157 for 58 years. A loving husband, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Carey
Springs Cemetery in Randolph.
Survivors include his wife, June Sumner; one son, Jerry Sumner; one daughter, Cynthia Strohm; two stepdaughters, Regina Austin and Julie Tutor; one brother, James Sumner; two sisters, Joyce Gilliaham and Sue Sheffstall; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Sumner.
Pallbearers will be J.R. Hollis, John Paul Tutor, Scott Tutor, Mark Daniels, Ronnie Allen and Mike Daniels.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Mamie Byrd
LAMAR – Mamie Allen Byrd, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, in Ripley. She was born March 24, 1917, in Marshall County. She was a
member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Buse officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Allen Byrd (Jewel) and Lowrance Byrd (Virginia), both of Lamar, and Larry Byrd (Kathy) of Ripley; two
daughters, Connie Skelton (J.W.) of Ashland and Sarah Hicks (Bennie) of Lamar; one sister, Ida Bell Ford of Collierville, Tenn.; 11
grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Byrd; a son, Bobby Lewis Byrd; three grandchildren, Ricky Skelton, Bennie Hicks Jr. and Christopher Hicks; and her parents, Bud Allen and Rachel Feathers.

Jack T. Crowe
CORINTH – Jack T. Crowe, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at his home. He was born in Prentiss County on Tuesday, July 28, 1925, to Robert Clyde and Dessie Floyd Crowe. During his life he served his country in the U.S. Army, and after his discharge he went to work for Roadway Trucking Company, where he drove a truck for 33 years. He enjoyed going to church and reading his Bible. His favorite verse was the 23rd Psalm and he loved the song “Amazing Grace.”
Services were Friday, Feb. 19, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Dewitt Bain and Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Burial was in the Gaston Cemetery in Booneville.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two daughters, Donna Huddleston and her husband, Gary, and Tommie K. Murphy and her husband, Eddie; four stepchildren, Larry Cromeans, Senthia, Jack and Danny Hatfield; four grandchildren, Chris Murphy, Lori Johnson, Laci McClung and Jason Crowe; six great-grandchildren; and five brothers, Bruce, Howard, Billy, Myrl and Eugene.
He was preceded in death by two sons, an infant, Jerry Wayne, and Robert; his parents; and two sisters, Maxine Crowe and Junior Hendrix.
Pallbearers were Pete, Ellis and Larry Crowe, Michael Johnson, Terry Plunk, Cecil “Cotton” Weatherbee, Tom Deaton, Keith Corbin and Greg Cummings.

James Bumgart Jr.
CALHOUN CITY – James Walter Bumgart Jr., 82, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Calhoun County. He was a retired frame builder for Franklin Manufacturing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Sherman Adams and the Rev. Jon Haimes officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery at Calhoun City.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Walter Bumgart and Cordie Crutchfield Bumgart.
Pallbearers will be Ottis Poynor, Keith Davidson, Kelly Davidson, Jasper Bumgart, Damon Bumgart and John Hollis.
Chuck Ballard
EUPORA – Charles Thomas “Chuck” Ballard, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Hospice Ministries of Mississippi Center in Ridgeland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church of Eupora. Burial will be in the Reeds Chapel Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Roy H. Bolton
IUKA – Roy H. Bolton, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Carrington House in Iuka. He was U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed riding in his truck with his two faithful companions, David and Punkin.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Glendyl “Boots” Bolton of Iuka; his special daughter, Yvonne Russell (Jim) of Iuka; one sister, Louise Patterson of Red Bay, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Lois Bolton of Tishomingo; grandchildren, Mrs. Russell’s son, John Mark Stephens, and his daughter, Liz Stephens (Roy’s Lil Buddy “Miss Liz”) of Iuka; his nieces and nephews, Lamar Bolton (JoAnn) of Iuka, Kim Carpenter (Shane) of Corinth, Guy Carpenter of Corinth, Lavone and Sandra Bolton of Camden, Tenn., Angela McElhenney (Ray) of Mississippi, Mitchell McElhenney of Mississippi, Lyman Hill (Mary Kay) of Holly Pond, Ala., Trey and Whitley Hill of Holly Pond, Ala.; special friends, Sally Blackwell (Rawhide), the mother of Trey, of Larango, La.; and Kristina, Alex, and Brittany Taylor, children of Bobby and Jackie Taylor of Belmont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Less and Grace Bolton; his in-laws, Lee and Ethel Hill; and four brothers, Dayton, Lester, Troy and Noonan Bolton.
Pallbearers will be John Mark Stephens, Lamar Bolton, Lavone Bolton, Danny Barnes, Bobby Welch, Randy Stringer, Stanley Page and Sammy Don Parsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Russell, Lyman Hill and Trey Hill.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Darla Hicks
CORINTH – Darla Sue Hicks, 55, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Cornerstone.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Paralee Johnson
RED BAY, Ala. – Paralee Inez Johnson, 90, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Generations in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Georgia Harris
VARDAMAN – Georgia Ree Harris, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home. She was born July 19, 1935, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Robert Earl Alexander will officiate. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include her husband, W.D. Harris of Vardaman; three daughters, Linda Jackson of McGee, Patsy Redwine of Carthage and Diana Westmoreland of Vardaman; two sons, Roger Harris and Tony Harris, both of Vardaman; two sisters, Christine Watson and Lanell Harris, both of Taylor; and two brothers, Jimmy Weeks of Calhoun City and Delmer Weeks of Water Valley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Weeks and Irene Davis Weeks.

Grace O. Scott
RED BAY, Ala. – Grace O. Scott, 92, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home in Killen, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Earline Cooper
RICHMOND – Edna Earline Cooper, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was born April 12, 1922, in Lee County to Bryant and Mary Stanley Cooper. A native of Itawamba County, she had lived in the Richmond community for the past 60 years. She was a retired factory worker and business owner, and a Baptist. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and working in her garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Gillentine Hammond (Rich) and Rhonda Cooper Enlow (Jeff), all of Richmond; one son, James Cooper (Faye) of Nettleton; one sister, Louise Hill (Forrest) of the Friendship community; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin “Dago” Cooper; her parents; and one sister and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Roger Smith, Gary “Big Roge” Rogers, Jerry Sheffield, Bubba Sheffield, Glynn Rhudy and Mike Turner.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Naron Lancaster
WOODLAND – Metro Naron Lancaster, 78, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 23, 1931, in Anchor to Metro Jackson Lancaster and Thelma Naron Lancaster. He was a retired conservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the State of Mississippi. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland with the Rev. Jonathan Childress officiating. Graveside honors by the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Honor Guard and burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Turner Whitt Lancaster of Woodland; his daughters, Judy Lancaster of Woodland and Pat (Lewis) Easter of Woodland; his son, Mark (Ruby Lee) Lancaster of Woodland; his stepdaughters, Sherry (Bill) Carter of Georgetown, Ky., and Tiffany (Dewayne) Evans of Starkville; his stepson, Mark (Joanne) Whitt of Houston; his brother, Rev. Wendell (Linda) Lancaster of Water Valley; his grandchildren, Denise Ribeiro, Josh Williams, Hank Williams, Casey Lancaster and Caleb Lancaster; his stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Whitt, Jordan Evans, B.B. Evans, Makenzie Evans, Damien Cooper, Katie Carter and Megan Carter.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Mixon Lancaster, on April 30, 1984; his parents; and a sister, Nelda Lancaster.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Building Fund, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Charles Broadway Sr.
IUKA – Charles P. Broadway Sr., 86, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at noon Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Hubbard Salem Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Una Sanders
CORINTH – Una Mae Barnes Sanders, 94, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Johnny Williams
ASHLAND – Johnny Larry “Buddy” Williams, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Bains Chapel Cemetery in Ashland.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Marjorie Waters
BOONEVILLE – Sarah Marjorie Oakley Waters, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Landmark Community in Booneville. She was born Aug. 29, 1918, in Prentiss County to Mary Parthenia Carpenter Oakley and Jesse William Oakley. Before retiring in 1972, she and her husband, Milton Waters, owned and operated fabric and drapery shops in North Mississippi. She was a member of the Pilot Club, a charter member and Member of the Year of the Lady Civitans, and a lifetime member of the Friends of the Library. She helped to establish the George E. Allen Library, which was the recipient of many gifts from Marjorie Waters in honor of her mother. She was a member of the Prentiss County Genealogical Society and the Mississippi Volunteer Homemaker Club. All of her life, she was a very active member of the D.T. Beale Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy 1185, serving as officer at the local and district levels. She was very proud to be an active member of the Natchez Trace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Wesley Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church of Booneville, and the W.M.U.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Carpenter-Oakley-Waters Cemetery.
She is survived by a niece, Patricia Oakley McKeel (Jim) of Gautier; two great-nephews, Ryan Tuck (Chastity) and Kelly Tuck (Christina), all of Pascagoula; a great-great-nephew, Justin Bruce Tuck and a great-great-niece, Kerstin Tuck, both of Pascagoula; three cousins, Larry, Cindy and Amanda Dickey of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Annie Pearl Waters. She is also survived by Deborah Waters Scott (William), Bobby Burress (Deanna), all of Booneville, Pud Burress (Reba) of Orlando, Fla., and Lora Waters Rollins (Sonny) of Mine Run, Va., Larry Waters (Barbara) of Rhodesville, Va., Bobby Waters (Carol) of Arlington, Va., Billy Waters (Cindy) of Roanoke, Va., and Patsy Craig (Buddy) of Prairie; special friends, Jane Cole, Modena Green, Betty Rowan, Ruthie Calamese, Sybil Dees, and Don and Mary Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Frederick Dupree Oakley, Jesse Bruce Oakley, and Keith Wells Hambright Oakley; two sisters, Leottye Pauline Bryant and Enid Bernice Hill.
Pallbearers are Merril Cartwright, Gary Walker, Phillip Cole, Eddie Holley, Keith Stevens, Joe Wayne Garner and Mitch Moore.

Connie Taylor
BRIDGE CITY, Texas – Connie Ann Nichols Taylor, 48, formerly of Houston, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born February 25, 1961 in Houston, Miss., to Conway Nichols and Ann Pearson Nichols. She was a social worker for Hospice in Texas and a former employee of Faith Haven. She was an honor graduate of Mississippi State University and a member of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She was a Godly and faithful woman.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parkway Baptist Church in Houston with Bro. Keith Benefield, Bro. David Hamilton and Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Stoney Taylor of Bridge City, Texas; her parents, Conway and Ann Nichols of Houston; four daughters, Christy Ann Howell (John) and Erika Leigh Hill, both of Houston, and Amanda Leann Taylor and Kelly Grace Taylor, both of Bridge City, Texas; one son, Robert Leon Taylor of Bridge City, Texas; four grandchildren, Hanna Leigh Hill, Katlyn Brook Hill, Bralyn Leon Taylor and Noah Kye Gatlin; three brothers, Johnny Nichols of Gulfport, Doug Nichols (Tess) of Houston and Ricko Nichols (Shelia) of Houston; and her mother-in-law, Karen Louise Taylor of Bridge City, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, J.C. and Frances Pearson, and Buford and Beatrice Nichols; her father-in-law, Robert “Yankee” Taylor; and a son-in-law, Earl Hill Jr.
Pallbearers will be David Rhodes, Delane Harrington, John Belk, Ralph Pullen, Ricky Rowe and John Gregory
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons.
Pauline Welch
PONTOTOC – Leeta “Pauline” Welch, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and retired from Joyner Fields in Sherman. She enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her granddaughter and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Rick Parks officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Christy Chapman (Andy) of Endville; a sister, Audrey Reeder (Noel) of Pontotoc; one granddaughter, Nicole Landrum; a great-granddaughter, Kendall Landrum of Endville; two stepgrandchildren, Kaye Stults (Kevin) of Florida and Kim Harbor of Palmetto; four stepgreat-grandchildren, two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, F.E. Pitts Sr. and Fannie McCord Pitts; her husband, James Clyde Welch; a sister, Lola Wages; and two brothers, F.E. Pitts Jr. and Grover Hugh Pitts.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pitts, Earnest Wilder, Jerry Austin, Martin Ball, Mickey Baker and Michael Harkness.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.

Louise Christopher
PLANTERSVILLE – Effie Louise Ratliff Christopher, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Lee County to Velmer and Ruby Roper Ratliff. She was a lifelong resident of Plantersville, a homemaker and a member of Union Methodist Church. She was a devoted quilter and seamstress.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Jimmy Bates officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Erb (Billy) of Germantown, Tenn.; two sons, Tommy Christopher (Wanda) and Jimmy Christopher (Pam), all of Nettleton; two sisters, Laverne Henshaw of Higden, Ark., and Linda Rich (Jack) of Decatur, Ala.; two brothers, Jearl Ratliff (Donna) of Smithville and Lamar Ratliff (Caroline) of Mantachie; three grandchildren, Lee Christopher (Kim), Chris Buskirk (Tina) and Adam Christopher (Amanda); five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvie Lee Christopher; her parents; one sister, Barbara Denson; and two brothers, Dewey and Charles Ratliff.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-nephews.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

H.G. Stephens Jr.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Henry Grady “H.G.” Stephens Jr., 80, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. He was born May 20, 1929, to Henry G. Stephens and Gertrude Anderson Stephens. He was a Baptist. He was a carpenter and worked in construction. He served in the United States Navy in the Medical Corps during World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Hart and Dianne Wayne (Bobby, all of Long Beach; two sons, Rex Stephens (Jessi Lee) of Hickory Flat and Ricky Stephens (Karen) of Blue Mountain; three sisters, Christine Moore of Raymond, Bernice Clemmer of Ripley and Louise White of Blue Mountain; eight grandchildren, Michael Wilkinson of Long Beach, Melissa D. Ayers of Hickory Flat, Kevin Wayne of Omaha, Neb., Kelley Parker of Etta, Matt Wayne of Long Beach, Shane Stephens of Tupelo, Amber Sterner of Long Beach and Nick Stephens of Blue Mountain; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Sue Dollar Stephens; his parents; one brother, Elwood Stephens; and one grandson, Cole Stephens.
Pallbearers will be Shane Stephens, Michael Wilkinson, Nick Stephens, Greg Yates, Don Yates and Ken Wilbanks.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.