Obituaries February 23, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charlie Mullinnix
Charles Ray “Charlie” Mullinnix, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his beloved North Tupelo home, one he built and shared with wife, Mabel, for more than 60 years. He jokingly told friends that his next move would be the “final one.” He was born on March 18, 1921, to Mark S. Mullinnix and Lois Epting Mullinnix just north of the Blair Community in Lee County.
In 1940, he graduated from Cedar Hill High School where he got “all they had to offer.” He boasted of excellence in the three R’s- rasslin’, recess and rithmetic, but he was most proud of an honorary degree in “Love and Laughter” awarded to him by Wood Junior College much later in life.
After graduation, Charlie went to work for Gravlee Lumber Company in Tupelo. He worked a short time before joining the United States Navy, serving in the Seabees during World War II. The friendships and camaraderie he established during the War lasted his lifetime. For 58 consecutive years, his Seabee buddies and their families met for a reunion. It was an annual event he helped organize and cherished attending.
After the War, he returned to North Mississippi and to Gravlee Lumber. On Nov. 11, 1948, he married Mabel Moore Mullinnix of Guntown, They had one daughter, Charlotte. After working 52 years at Gravlee, Charlie retired but never slowed down.
Charlie was known near and far as a home-spun humorist and raconteur who also promoted a serious message of brotherly love, good will and fellowship. His quick wit and rapid fire delivery of entertaining one-liners and elaborate comedic tales took him across the Southeast where he averaged 130 speeches each year to churches, civic organizations, schools and commercial banquets.
An active member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church until his death, Charlie was a certified Lay Speaker, a District Board member and director of Lay Speaking, and secretary/treasurer of the District Board of Lay Activities. For his dedication to Methodism, he received the honor of being named a “Fellow” of the Society of John Wesley.
A Tupelo Luncheon Civitan with decades of perfect attendance, Charlie was known as “Mr. Civitan.” He served the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club in all elective offices, and filled numerous district and international roles. He received the prestigious “Civitan Fellow” award and was named a Certified Master Club Builder for his dedication to starting new clubs. He was presented the Civitan District Honor Key and ultimately, the Civitan International Honor Key. He was honored with a diamond ring for bringing in more than 250 new members. Charlie was the first Civitan honored with a “Lifetime Membership Award” from Civitan International.
More than awards and acclaim, Charlie loved meeting people and hands-on work in the community. His day was complete if he was frying catfish with the Civitan Cook Team, selling fruit cakes, delivering Vidalia onions or showing his patriotism by placing American flags throughout Tupelo on holidays.
In 1982, Charlie was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary. He was honored with the Exchange Club’s “Book of Golden Deeds” and given the Julius G. Berry Award for outstanding volunteer service by the United Way of Greater Lee County. He was a Board member and staunch supporter of the American Red Cross, the 4-H Club and the Cedar Hill RCDC. Beloved and respected by the masses who loved and appreciated him, his legacy of good humor, Christian virtues and genteel living will live gratefully throughout the ages.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his pastor, the Rev. Dale Whitlock, and his longtime friend in Methodism, the Rev. Raiford Wallace, officiating. His daughter, Charlotte, will deliver reflections of her Dad. The U. S. Navy will pay tribute to his stellar military service. Private burial will follow in the Mullinnix family plot at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 1 p.m. to service time on Monday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mabel Mullinnix; his daughter, Charlotte Mullinnix, and her husband, Larry Landry, all of Tupelo; his niece, Beth Barrett Rogers, and husband, David, of Hernando, and their three children, Mark, Will and Laura Beth. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Erline Mullinnix Barrett.
Pallbearers will be Cliff Hodges, Harry Armstrong, Jack Moore, Donnie Lindsey, Terry Simons, Terry Tyler, William Henson and Birdell Harp. Honorary pallbearers will be present and past members of Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Moore, 975 Hwy. 348, Guntown, MS 38849; or Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club Youth Scholarship Project, P.O. Box 661, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Eva Spencer
MANTACHIE – Eva Spencer, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at her home. She was born March 7, 1926, in North Port, Ala., to Luther and Julia Halmon Sellars. She worked as a machine operator at Charm Step Shoe Manufacturer for three years. She enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She never met a child she couldn’t love. She was a member of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Derick Jones officiating. Burial will be in Boguefala Cemetery.
Survivors include four children, Houston Dill (Nancy) of Savanna, Tenn., Susie Wilson (Danny), Nancy Kemp (Robert) and Peggy Crumpton (Donald), all of Mantachie; one sister, Betty Moore of Chicago, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 61 great- grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Buck Dill and Marion Roberts; five sons; three daughters; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Robert, Randy, Dewayne, Matthew and Danny Kemp, Michael and Joseph Johnson, and Scotty Dill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Dill, and Eddie, Bucky, William and Andrew Gray.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Andrew Cannon
MEMPHIS – Andrew Jr. Cannon, 73, formerly of Red Banks, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Newell Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Victoria. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the funeral home from 10 to 10:55 a.m. today.
Jeff Stephens
PURVIS – Jeff Stephens, 41, formerly of Tishomingo, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Purvis.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
John Williams
MABEN – John Earl Williams, 52, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home in Maben.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Montevista Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the funeral home.

Johnnie Watkins
SHANNON – Johnnie Watkins, 65, died Friday, Feb. at his home in Shannon. Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Climmie Pounds
FULTON – Climmie T. Pounds, 77, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of an auto accident. He was born in Itawamba County on March 1, 1935, to Tommie Idella and William Pounds. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Employed with the City of Tupelo, he was very well-known in the community. He was loved by everyone for his big smile and his greeting to the people while working and in his personal life.
A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. today at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Dorsey. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one brother, William Pounds Jr. of Nettleton; two sisters, Isbella Conway of Shannon and Bettie Mae Word of Fulton; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James Pounds, Bailey Pounds, Etorish Pounds and Curtis Pounds; and five sisters, Leeader Shumpert, Berniece Garth, Channie Rankins, Avow Schumpert and Littia Pounds.
The body will be placed in the church at noon Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Pounds family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Ruble Kent
FULTON – Ruble A. Kent, 84, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 5, 1928, to Travis and Fronie Cleveland Kent in Fulton. He retired from JESCO after 42 years. He was a member of Union Chapel Church of God. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He was known to be a workaholic and a great family man.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, James (Diane) Kent of Golden; one daughter, Rene Aven of Fulton; four granddaughters, Lisa (Bob) Thompson of Fulton, Tina (Chris) Estes of Dorsey, Melanie (Nathan) Amaya of Fulton and Talia Watts of Fulton; four grandsons, Nicky (Alisha) Kent of Fulton, Jamie (Brandi) Kent of Fulton, Matt (Susan) Graham of Mooreville and Joseph Gale of Fulton; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sarah (Jimmy) Burcham of Mooreville and Aileen Underwood of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavelle Kent; his parents, Travis and Fronie Kent; and three brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Terry Carr
TUPELO – Terry Carr, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1940, in Tupelo to O.T. “Buck” and Suzanne Poole Carr. He attended Itawamba Junior College and Memphis State University, where he graduated with a BBS and then went on to receive his master’s in counseling. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a counselor at State Technical Institute in Memphis. He was an avid photographer.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kay Carr of Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Mary Fyfe
ABERDEEN – Mary Ann McCall Fyfe, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 9, 1943, to James Robinson McCall and Mary Alice Johnson McCall in Memphis. She was a graduate of Byars Hall High School in Covington, Tenn. She lived in Aberdeen since 1968 and attended Faith Presbyterian Church. She retired after 30 years as secretary at Aberdeen Public School System.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Faith Presbyterian Church with Bro. David Harrell officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shannon Jewett of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Sledge Fyfe of Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Jimmy R. McCall of Covington, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Hunt Jewett and McCall Jewett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ruffin Sledge Fyfe Jr.; and a grandson, Kurt Fyfe.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research and Children’s Hospitals.
Register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Odis Owens
HERNANDO – Odis “Big O” Owens, 80, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Hermitage Gardens in Southaven. He was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Pontotoc County. He was an order filler for Wonder Bread and a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Burial will follow in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margret Virginia Owens; two sons, Michael D. Owens and Steve A. Owens, all of Hernando; two daughters, Cindy K. Clark of Atoka, Tenn., and Patricia Berryhill of Horn Lake; two sisters, Dorothy Coker and Melba Jean Lantrip, both of Pontotoc; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Odis Leanvol and Q.V. Herndon Owens.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday.

Judy Gowland
MEMPHIS – Judy Sue Gowland, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Clayton Cemetery in Potts Camp. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

James Garth
ABERDEEN – James R. Garth, 59, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Margaret Pryor
TUPELO – Margaret Livingston Pryor, 85, died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. For the past year she had resided at AvonLea Assisted Living Center. She was born on Dec. 29, 1927, to John Howard Livingston and Jennie Belle South Livingston in Pontotoc County. She was a graduate of Sherman High School, attended Mississippi State College for Women and graduated from the University of Mississippi. She was a retired Mississippi school teacher who also taught in Louisiana and Tennessee. She was a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church, past member of New Century Club and a patron of the library.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Services will be graveside following the visitation at the Calhoun City Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean (Ray) Beech of Belfast, Tenn., Peggy (Carl) Hollingsworth of Byram and Billie (Robert Ira) Davis of Calhoun City; a son, John Pryor of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Bill Beech of Shelbyville, Tenn., Margaret Anne Alias of Oxford, Daniel Smith of Hattiesburg, Virginia Morgan of Austin, Texas, Amy Hite of Louisville, Ky., Kristen Pryor of Arlington, Va., and Rachel Pryor of Pascagoula; three great-grandchildren, Parker and Sydney Hite of Louisville, Ky., and Mary Beech Alias of Oxford; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Livingston of New Albany; and three nephews and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tilden Pryor; her parents; and two brothers, Dr. Price and Stanley Livingston.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be donated to your local library.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Burlon R. Mauldin
HACKLEBURG, Ala. – Burlon R. Mauldin, 70, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Courtyard Community Living Center in Fulton. He was born March 19, 1942, to Ransom Mauldin and Ora Bostick Mauldin. He was a sawyer in the logging industry before his retirement. He enjoyed racing, playing his guitar and watching wrestling. He loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Tina (fiancé, Scott) Mauldin of Hackleburg, Ala.; two sons, Michael (Wanda) Mauldin of Vina, Ala., and Ray (Renae) Mauldin of Fulton; stepson, Don (Nicole) Fuller of Tupelo; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Glen Mauldin of Hamilton, Ala., and Hubert (Ruby) Mauldin of Tremont; one sister, Glenda (Clovis) Franks of Tremont; and his former wife , Kim Fuller.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Bentley; his father, Ransom Mauldin; his mother, Ora Bostick Mauldin; three brothers, Elbert Mauldin, PeeWee Mauldin and Lowlon Mauldin; and a sister, Marie Brady.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Graham, Dale Mauldin, Jason Wilson, Shay Wilson, Daniel Reich, Jerry Brumley and Terry Brumley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

Benny Cox
RED BAY, Ala. – Benny Don Cox, 56, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013,
at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a,m. today at New Hope Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.

Renate McGregor
HATTIESBURG – Renate Ann Lenhardt McGregor, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Kikinda, Yugoslavia, to Kristof and Anni Wehner Lenhardt. She immigrated to the United States with her family after World War II and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, to be near American relatives. She met and married her husband, Gary, in Cincinnati. They later moved to Hattiesburg, where they have lived for 56 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A well-known orchid enthusiast, she and her husband had a greenhouse full of beautiful flowers. She also loved to travel and took many trips all over the world with her husband and friends.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Highland Cemetery. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home of Hattiesburg is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Gary, of Hattiesburg; four children, Michael Lenhardt McGregor (Melinda) and John Christopher McGregor (Sissy), both of Petal, Monica McGregor of Hattiesburg and Jeffrey Harper McGregor (Leigh) of Tupelo; sister, Trude Saunders (Dan), and brother, Chris Lenhardt (Kathy), both of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.

Janet Phillips
NEW ALBANY – Janet Ruth Phillips, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis after a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Benton, Ill., to Arthur Ray and Ethel McGuire. She was a member of Belden Baptist Church, where she worked in the nursery and with the children in Awana. She enjoyed drawing, sewing and crocheting, and was known for crocheting blankets for the newborns at church. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Belden Baptist Church with Bro. Jim Holcomb and Bro. Gary Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Harry David Phillips of New Albany; two daughters, Angie Groshans of Leister, N.C., and Tonya Dacus (James) of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, George Paul Kistner III of Aiken, S.C., and Dewayne Phillips (Laurie) of New Albany; two stepdaughters, Connie Wilkerson (John) of Germantown, Tenn., and Angie Sansone (Derek) of Collierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Mary Redlund of North Augusta, S.C., Patricia Winkler of Oshkosh, Wis., and Tammy Kelley of Augusta, Ga.; three brothers, Daniel McGuire of Athens, Greece, and Gary McGuire and John McGuire, both of Augusta, Ga.; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Harris Phillips; two sisters, Geraldine Wagneer and Kathleen Morgan; and three brothers, Arthur Ray McGuire Jr., George McGuire and Russell McGuire.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Gary Dunaway
BOONEVILLE – Gary Douglas Dunaway, 63, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Methodist/University Tennessee Hospital in Memphis. He was born Nov. 3, 1949, to Shelton and Elma Lee Dunaway in Tylertown. Raised in Biloxi, he attended Mississippi State University, where he received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1971. He also did postgraduate work at the University of Memphis, North Carolina State University and the University of Dubuque (Iowa). An industrial engineer, he took great pride in his work, and he especially enjoyed teaching, training and mentoring those around him. A Godly man, he served as commissioned lay pastor at Falkner and Westminster Presbyterian churches in Tippah County, where he performed two services each Sunday morning in addition to his full-time job. He took great care to pass the Gospel of Christ on to his children, to whom he taught integrity, honesty, the value of hard work and the power of Christ. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Booneville, where he served as an Elder. He was a devoted family man, and he treasured his wife, his children and his four grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family, and he never lost his ability to put smiles on the faces of those around him. He was an active civic leader, serving as president of the Booneville/Prentiss County Chamber of Commerce, an officer of the Rotary Club, The American Heart Association, APICS as well as obtaining hundreds of certifications during his professional career.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the First Methodist Church in Booneville with the Rev. Bill Connolly and the Rev. Joe Carpenter officiating. Visitation with the family will be after the memorial service at the church.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Cox Dunaway, whom he married on June 1, 1969 ; one son, Jason Michael Dunaway of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Amanda (Thomas Brandon) Walker of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Emily (BJ) Mauney of Saltillo; one brother, Danny Michael (Cathy) Dunaway of Greenville: four grandchildren, Emma Walker, Thomas Walker, Cyrus Walker and Griffin Mauney; his mother-in-law, Jane Cox Davis of Booneville; two brothers-in-law, Jeff (Geri) Cox of Columbia, Tenn., and Jason (Edie) Cox of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Candace Cox (Robert) Maché of Memphis; three nieces, Vivian Maché, Jessica Cox and Kristin Dunaway Richardson; three nephews, Barton Cox, Darin Cox and Jeremy Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Earl and Bertie Glen Dobbins; his father-in-law, J.C. Cox; and two nephews, Dana Dunaway and Jeffrey Cox.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Jeff Johnson, Kenny Clunch, Tommy Covington, Ellis Hill, Greg Crump, Jeff Cox, Jason Cox, Bart Cox, Eleanor Hastings and Robert Maché.
Memorials may be made to Living Waters of The World, c/o The Presbytery of St. Andrew in Oxford, MS and also to Methodist UT Transplant Unit in Memphis.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Dovie Williams
NEW ALBANY – Dovie Williams, 89, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Robert Mullins
OXFORD – Robert Jackson Mullins, infant son of Robert Brian and Leigh Carole Gordon Mullins, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Baptist Hospital in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shannon Cemetery with Dr. Roy McHenery and Dr. Eric Boykin officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Brian and Leigh Carole Mullins of Oxford; his grandmothers, Martha Gordon of Okolona and Judy Barenis (Lutis) of Greenville; aunts, Natalie Rutledge (ED) of Acworth, Ga., Kim Gordon of Houston; one uncle, Chris Mullins (Mandy) of Hattiesburg; cousins, Beau Alison, Ann-Marie Alison and Rex Brown, all of Houston, Will Rutledge and John Harris Rutledge, both of Acworth, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sen. Carl Jack Gordon; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Estes, and Herbert and Christine Horne.
Pallbearers will be Ted Gordon, Scott Sullivan, Ed Rutledge and Chris Mullins.
Honorary pallbearers will be cousins, Beau Alison, Rex Brown, Will Rutledge and John Harris Rutledge.
Visitation will be at the home of Martha Gordon, 110 Prairie Street, in Okolona, immediately following services for all friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, Louise Gordon White Christmas Fund at the First Baptist Church of Okolona or the charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lyda Parsons
IUKA – Lyda Rhodes Parsons, 85, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. She was a faithful member of the Iuka Church of Christ. She was born in Tishomingo County and graduated from Burnsville High School. She was employed at the Tishomingo County Courthouse at the Tax Assessors Office for several years and enjoyed the people she came in contact with.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Iuka Church of Christ with Lance Foster officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Sammy Parsons of Iuka and Lyn Parsons (Karen) of Bruce; one daughter, Barbara Bishop (Keith) of Hartselle, Ala.; two sisters, Doris Walker and Martha Sue Bacon (Tommy), both of Iuka; four grandchildren, Traci Bishop of Mobile, Ala., Brian Bishop (Hristina) of Amman, Jordan, Joshua Parsons of Iuka and Camillia Parsons of Iuka; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Sophia Bishop of Amman, Jordan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Waco Parsons; her parents, John Sam and Syntha Wade Rhodes; two sisters, Estelle Rhodes Fredrick and Lillian Francis Fell; and four brothers, Bill, Howard, Virgil and Palmer Rhodes.
Pallbearers will be Olen Rhodes, W.J. Rhodes, Dickie Rhodes, Johnnie Rhodes, Jackie Daniel, Larry Daniel, Michael Walker and Billy Joe Fell.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at Iuka Church of Christ.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ben Glover
WHEELER – Ben Glover, 64, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.