Obituaries February 28, 2012

By The Associated Press

Eloise Newell
PONTOTOC – Eloise Conlee Newell, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Sept. 27, 1916, to Larkin and Annie Bell Hale Conlee. She was a member of Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church in Lafayette Springs. She was a department supervisor for Rivera Manufacturing, a florist and had also worked at the Pontotoc County Library. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club. An expert quilter and gardener, she loved flowers and enjoyed Sacred Harp music. She was an avid reader and a lifelong learner.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Ken Goodrich and Elder Steve Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Jill Smith of New Albany; one brother, Larkin (Martha Jean) Conlee of Fayetteville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, including locally Robin Roberts, Rose Smith, Elliot Smith, Zack Hudson, Kevin Hudson, Laura Colcomb and Roger Newell Jr.; 16 great-grandchildren, including three locally; nieces, Lynn Conlee, Cheryl Conlee and Becky Maxwell; and a cousin and close friend, Janie Luther.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Newell, in 1981; two daughters, Anita Weeks and Robin Hudson; one son, Roger Newell; her parents; and two brothers, Kirwin Conlee and Bobby Conlee.
Pallbearers will be Zack Hudson, Kevin Hudson, Mason Hudson, Don Russell, Doug Swords and Josh Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church or the Pontotoc County Library.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Rodney Peterson Jr.
HICKORY FLAT – Rodney Hugh Peterson Jr., 71, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
There will be no visitation or service. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley assisted the family.
Norris E. Millican
NEW ALBANY – Norris Eugene Millican, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 25, 1928, at his home in Union County. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954. He was retired from Mohasco Manufacturing Company, where he worked for 31 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel of New Albany with the Rev. Ricky Blythe and Rev. Dean Timbes officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter. Sharon Millican Medlin (Terry) of New Albany; one granddaughter, Emily Medlin Roberts (Jason) of New Albany; two great-grandchildren, Ben and Colton Roberts of New Albany; a brother, Byron Millican (Barbara) of Blue Springs; four nephews, Larry Gullett (Jane) of Florence, Ala., Don Sloan (Leigh) of Germantown, Tenn., and Larry Millican and Terry Millican, both of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Jean Millican, and his parents, Claude E. Millican and Clara McDonald Millican.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Larry Gullett, Don Sloan, Larry Millican and Terry Millican, and his close friends Robert Henderson and Billy Parrish. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School Class and the American Legion.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Millican, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Marine Corps at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobby Harold Floyd
BLUE SPRINGS – Bobby Harold Floyd, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at West Point Community Living Center. He was born Dec. 18, 1937. He was a retired auto mechanic in Saltillo. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and walking. He was a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hattie Dell Davis Floyd of Blue Springs; four daughters, Marilyn Bedford of Blue Springs, Brenda Chairez (Robert) of Forth Worth, Texas, Bobbie Dale Westmoreland (Eric) of Burnsville and Virginia Beaty (Ronnie) of Blue Springs; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Floyd and Hoyt Ray Floyd; and one sister, Jewel Rowan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Myrtle Floyd; four brothers, James Floyd, Archie Floyd, Sammy Floyd and Raymond Floyd; and two sisters, Loretta Blaylock and Ruby Calomese.
Pallbearers will be his three grandsons, Larry Joe Bedford, Joshua Dunaway and Thomas Beaty; and Larry Bedford, Eric Westmoreland, Anthony Dunaway and Timmy Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mobley Robinson
PONTOTOC – Mobley Joseph Robinson, 21-month-old son of Matt and Meagan Robinson, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, due to an accident near his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Esther Pannell
MONROE, N.C. – Esther Rogers Pannell, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe, N.C. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Robert Tuggle
BREWER – Robert Curry “Tug” Tuggle, 82, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born March 15, 1929, in Alanta, Ga., to Robert Leonard Curry and Anne Jewel White Tuggle. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Philippines and Guam during the cleanup efforts after World War II. In 1992, he retired as a power tool assembly machinist, from Rockwell/Delta after 24 years of service. He loved riding his Harleys roller skating, working on cars, riding his tractor and spending time with his family. He was a Baptist by faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Elder Steve Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Patricia Dye Tuggle; three daughters, Rhonda Weaver (Steve) of Shannon, Lynda Jackson (David) of Nettleton and Carla Tuggle Stewart of Brewer; one son, Randy Tuggle of Brewer; nine grandchildren, Todd Weaver (Kim) of Ailkin, S.C., Susan Britt of LaVergne, Tenn., Matthew Jackson and Becky Jackson, both of Nettleton, Chris Stewart (Amanda) of Dorsey, Cory Tuggle (Eva) and Josh Stewart, all of Brewer, Chelsey Tuggle and Ethan Tuggle, both of Northport, Ala.; 13 great-grandchildren, Michael Fondren, Autumn Weaver, Levi Britt, Cameron Weaver, Logan Jackson, Zach Britt, Austin Jackson, Caylee Jackson, Dylon Jackson, Christen Stewart, Tabitha Reed, Alexander Curry Tuggle and Lillian Stewart; a host of nephews and nieces in Mississippi, Texas and North Carolina; his caregivers, Rhonda Burrow and Beth Buse.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mamie Marsengill and Rosie Mae Tuggle.
Pallbearers will be Todd Weaver, Randy Tuggle, Cory Tuggle, Josh Stewart, Ethan Tuggle and Tim Wardlow.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Dye, David Jackson, Steve Weaver and Greg Coggin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Jenkins
MONTICELLO – Margaret H. Jenkins, 83, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her residence in Monticello. She was born in Houston on May 21, 1928. She was a bookkeeper for Guyton’s Auto Electric Service and MacGruder Oil Company in McComb, retiring with 50 years of service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tilton United Methodist Church in Jayess. Burial will be in Tilton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home of Monticello is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors Include one daughter, Leigh Ann Murphy of Monticello; a grandson, Sean Murphy of Monticello; two granddaughters, Melissa Tanksley of Monticello and Amber Jenkins of Houston; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F.A. Jenkins; her father, Lora L. Harmon; her mother, Ruby Griffin Harmon; and brother, William Lynn Harmon.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tilton United Methodist Church.

Roy Bishop
GOLDEN – Roy Orlando “Bob White” Bishop, 65, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Gene Bolton
PONTOTOC – Anthony Eugene “Gene” Bolton, 56, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his residence in Pontotoc. He was a native of Pontotoc and a member of Naylor Chapel CME Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served a total of 33 years combined with active duty Navy and National Guard. His last tour was in Iraq. He loved his grandchildren, cooking, fishing and being with his friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Naylor CME Church. The Rev. Charles Young will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dortha Bolton of Pontotoc; three daughters, Nekeylia Fitzpatrick of Pontotoc, Melissa Bean Souter of Dallas, Texas, and Sequelia (Samuel) Erskine of Madison, Ala.; five sons, Tony Bolton, Jeffery Bolton, Sontonyio Bolton and Jarvis Bolton, all of Pontotoc, and Mack Arthur Bean of Concord, N.H.; his mother, Earline Douglas of Humble, Texas; four sisters, Beverly Simmons and Marilyn Carter both of Chicago, Janice Williams of Tupelo and Sandra Ashby of Humble, Texas; one brother, Kerry Gregory of Memphis; and 20 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert “Don” Stewart.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

Jimmy Vance
HOUSTON – Jimmy Brown Vance, 78, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Sun City Hospice in Temple Terrace, Fla. He was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Calhoun County to David Alonzo Vance and Degara Annette Brown Vance. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from American Freight System.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Rineheart officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Cliff Vance (Cami) of Temple Terrace, Fla.; three grandchildren, Drew, Bonnie and Abigail Vance.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Loudene Criddle Vance; his parents; five sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkway Baptist Church TNT Fund, 200 5th Ave., Houston, MS 38851.
Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Debra Duncan
RIPLEY – Debra Kay Duncan, 57, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Tab Shiota
GLEN – Tab Shiota, 54, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran with 17 years of service. He formerly worked in automobile sales in the Corinth area. He enjoyed photography and journalism, and he was a firearms enthusiast.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Bro. Alvin Meeks and Bro. Brandon Powell will officiate. Interment will follow in Corinth National Cemetery with military honors. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Holley Shiota of Glen; a brother, Van Shiota of Lodi, Calif.; and a cousin, Barbi Gyda of Sacramento, Ca.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mitsuko Shiota.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
(In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) ACS-2345 or online at www.cancer.org; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, by calling (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Lura Clark
CORINTH – Lura Lea Boatner Clark, 69, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Robert Williams
DORSEY – Robert Reid Williams, 40, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. He was born Oct. 20, 1971, to Larry Williams and Paulette Webb in Memphis. He was a member of the Oakhurst Baptist Church in Clarksdale. He enjoyed cooking, and spending time with his children and family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dave Webb officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his mother, Paulette Webb (David) of Dorsey; his father, Larry Williams (Lucinda) of Memphis; two daughters, Brooke Williams and Sara Kate Williams, both of Memphis; one son, Markhum Williams of Memphis; one sister, Christina Komarec (Rob) of Mantachie; two brothers, Lawrence Williams of Dorsey and Paul Williams of Mantachie.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Williams, Paul Williams, Robert Komarec, Thomas Williams, Phillip Webb and Stacy Sanders.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Dillian Bishop
MOOREVILLE – Dillian Murray Bishop, 65, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 20, 1946, in Lee County to Roswell and Mae Kingsley Bishop. He married Barbara Jones on June 12, 1965, in Tupelo. He worked for Delta/Rockwell as a forklift operator and supply manager for 32 years before retiring. He was a member of the East Main Church of Christ. An avid Mississippi State fan, he loved life and living, collecting antique toys, and going to the “world’s longest yard sale,” starting from Alabama and ending in Ohio. He was beloved by his family and many friends.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Minister Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Auburn Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Barbara Jones Bishop of Auburn; his mother, Mrs. Roswell “Mae” Bishop of Traceway Manor; three sons, Ivy Bishop, Andy Bishop and Brian “B.J.” Bishop (Amanda), all of Auburn; one brother, Scotty Bishop (Wanda) of Auburn; mother-in-law, Sue Quarles of Auburn; brother-in-law, Tommy Quarles (Kathy) of Hernando; sisters-in-law, Bonita Jay (Richard) of Jackson, Tenn., and Karen Cox (Tim) of Bartlett, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dakota Bishop, Jalie Bishop and Dixon Bishop, all of Auburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roswell Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Paul Lyle, Tommy Moses, Buddy Williams, Jason Kelly, Josh Thompson and Sean McMicken. Honorary pallbearers will be brothers-in-law, Tommy Quarles, Richard Jay and Tim Cox.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lou Ree Davis
BOONEVILLE – Lou Ree Davis, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Prentiss County. She was a schoolteacher, and she was a Baptist. She enjoyed flowers, yard work, and most of all, family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Matt Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in Osborne Creek Cemetery.
She is survived by three nieces, Elaine White Pitts (Gary) of Little Rock, Ark., Wanda White Sellers (Joe) of Booneville and Glenda White Bolton (C.B.) of Marietta, Ga.; 22 great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Vernon Davis and Lucinda King Davis; a sister, Genell Davis White; a niece, Laverne Frances White; a great-niece, Camille Sellers; and a great-great-nephew, Zackary Lindsey.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary Pitts, C.B. Bolton, Joe Sellers and Traye Lindsey.

Melinda Brown
IUKA – Melinda Ann Brown, 30, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

T.Y. Kimmons
NEW ALBANY – T.Y. Kimmons, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Lola Carter
PISGAH – Lola Carter, 69, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Margie West
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Margie West, 75, died on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at her residence. Born on Oct. 21, 1936, in Georgia, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton. She attended Wrightsville, Ga., schools. Always caring for her family, she was a homemaker and a constant and faithful wife and mother. She was a Methodist. She enjoyed cooking, working in her garden, fishing, working word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, singing, and old country music.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hope Cemetery with Minister David Highland officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Grady Clayton “Bud” West, and sons, James and Winfred Earl West of Greenwood Springs; sisters-in-law, Mary Alice Harris (Ellis Ray) of Greenwood Springs and Kate Theron Poole of Smithville; brothers-in-law, Ray West (Charlotte) and Harvey Lee West of Glenwood, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be George Clements, James “Jimmy” Chavis, Dallas Clements, Ellis R. Clements, Jo Jo Chavis, Brent Tubbs, Alex Gaulin and Robert Duncan.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sue Thompson
AMORY – Sue Kate Thompson, 89, died on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on March 23, 1922, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of Dred Sykes and Naomi Truelove Perkins. She attended Itawamba County Schools. She had worked as a seamstress with Monroe Trousers and Glenn Manufacturing. Before retiring, she worked at Sunflower grocery store. She was Baptist. A wonderful mother, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved animals and enjoyed flowers, gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, listening to Southern gospel and bluegrass music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her sons, Billy Wiygul (Linda) of Tupelo and Danny Wiygul (Mary) of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Gloria Flye (Bob) of Sterling, Ill., and Janie Coker (Bonnie Joe) of Smithville; brother, Nathan “Buster” Perkins (Jeanette) of Fulton; grandchildren, Glen Wiygul (Renee) of Bentonville, Ark., Alisha Holmes (Steve) of Louisville, Tenn., and Nicole Fowler (Donald) of Corpus Christi, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Hermine Barnett of Amory and Patsy Horne of Smithville; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Wiygul of Amory and Wylie Wiygul of Fulton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Glen Wiygul, Dudley Cowley and Robert Thompson; sisters, Madie Gray, Avonelle Houdashelt and Kathleen Franklin; brothers, Bonnie O’Neill, Leroy, Leon “Pete” and Meredith Lee “Buck” Perkins.
Pallbearers will be Paul Perkins, James Perkins, Tim Coker, Ethan Bean, Terry Collums, Toby Collums, Chad Collums and Kevin Oliver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Willie Graham
NEW ALBANY – Willie Alfred Graham died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Ruby Hollingsworth
PONTOTOC – Ruby Hollingsworth, 93, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.