Obituaries Jan. 11, 2010

Miriam Thrasher
FULTON – Iris Miriam Thrasher, 64, of Fulton, Miss. went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 9, 2010, in Amory, Miss. She was a resident in Oak Tree Plantation Assisted Care Home. She was born March 27, 1945, in Itawamba County. She was a homemaker, a beloved mother and a faithful member of Hopewell Baptist Church for most of her life. She served as the pianist for many years. She has been a member of East Amory Missionary Baptist Church during her two-year residency in Amory.
She loved to participate in all church functions and continued faithfully attending as long as her health allowed her to go and enjoy every service. Her hobbies included several kinds of needlework, cooking special deserts for church and family meals, making unique/beautiful flower arrangements, working puzzles, watching Christian TV programs, and sending greeting cards to family members, church friends and families of missionaries.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Akers, Pastor of East Amory MBC and Bro. Gover Laird officiating. Burial will be in the Keys Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Rachel Irene (Tim) Fairley of Tupelo; one son, Arlon Holmes Thrasher of Fulton; and three brothers, Hansel (Linda) Gray of Moss Point, Kenney (Kathleen) Gray of Oklahoma City and Robin (Vicki) Gray of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert A. Thrasher; her parents, Crafton E. and Georgia Mae Gray; and one brother, Hulon H. Gray.
Pallbearers will be Randy Gray, Steve Gray, Tracy Gray, Steven Fairley, Kevin Gray and Kyle Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

James Earl Daugherty
IUKA – James Earl Daugherty, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was retired from Tishomingo County Hospital after 33 years of service. He was the owner of Daugherty Refrigeration and Daugherty Rentals and owned Hughes Ice Company for many years. He loved his family and friends, and was the happiest when he had them all around him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Stanly Magill officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nancy Elizabeth Riley Daugherty of Iuka; one son, James Dennis ‘Butch’ Daugherty of Iuka; one son-in-law, Dale Tapp of Iuka; one daughter, Dennie McRee (Mike) of Iuka; six grandchildren, Derrick Tapp (Nikki), Glenn Tapp, Chris ‘Chunk’ Daugherty (Kelie), Jon Denver Tapp (Melonie), Chad Daugherty and Nic Tapp, all of Iuka; and three great-grandchildren, Coby Tapp, Avery Tapp and Cooper Tapp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, D.C. and Blanche Daugherty; his daughter, Edna Earl Tapp; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Daugherty; four brothers, Frank B., Charles, L.D., and D.S. Daugherty; and three sisters, Daisy Biggs, Joann Jones, and Elizabeth Randle.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Cornelison, Jody Dawson, Joey Cobb, Harold Lomenick, Larry Cutshall, Todd Williams, Hilton ‘Popcorn’ Moore and Randy Stringer.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Marcus Ernest McDowell
CORINTH – Marcus Ernest McDowell, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born on Oct. 16, 1934, in Corinth to Marcus Candler and Ethel Gatlin McDowell. To his friends, he was known as ‘Ernest T.’ During his life, he wore many hats. He served his country in the U.S. Army, was the owner of a service station in Rienzi. He was a car dealer, a funeral director and pre-need insurance agent for Memorial and Coleman funeral homes. He was a song leader, Sunday school teacher, and a Deacon at Shady Grove Baptist Mission. He also enjoyed fishing, watching Ole Miss and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Vanderford and Bro. Stan White officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruby McDowell; two sons, Michael McDowell and his wife, Judy and Brian McDowell and his wife, Sherry; one daughter, Sharon Viola and her husband, Anthony; one sister, Marilyn Vanderford and her husband, Bro. Jimmy; two sister-in-laws, Betty Glidwell and her husband, Durial, and Barbara McDowell; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Edith Porterfield and her husband, Hester; two brothers, Jimmy Wayne and Herman McDowell; and two grandsons, Chevy and Jake McDowell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on today.

Billie Ruth Donald
FULTON – Billie Ruth Wilburn Donald , 81, of the Big Oak Community, died Sunday, Jan. 10,2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Frances Merlee Jennings
FOREST – Frances Merlee Jennings, 79, died Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the H. C. Watkins Hospital in Quitman.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Gardens in Webster County.
Visitation is from 1to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Essie Leonard
IUKA – Essie Leonard, 96, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Tishomingo Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel
Jonathan Eugene Guest
ABERDEEN – Jonathan Eugene Guest, 36, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at his home. He was born March 18, 1973, in Aberdeen to Larry Gene Guest and Regina Nolen Guest Jenkins. He was a self-employed contractor and painter. He was a Presbyterian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Joshua ‘Josh’ Guest of Aberdeen; one stepbrother, Brandon Jenkins (Collett) of Amory; three aunts, Frankie Provias (Chris) of Aberdeen, Dot Wagnon (Art) of Aberdeen and Nell Guest Cross (Clay) of Fayettville, Tenn.; one uncle, Dale Guest (Julie) of Wren; and special friends, Jessica and Brody Tate of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Michael Easterling, Shawn Hill, Patrick Bales, Terry Miller, Brad Whitehead, Shawn Hitchcock, Bobby Bascomb and Tony Provias.
Honorary pallbearers are Brody Tate, Joey Hutchins, Chuck Jones, White Harrington, Ches Harrington, Wade Aycock and Stephen Flynn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen.
To sign the guest register and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com

Doris Hicks
WOODLAND – Katherine Doris Harrington Hicks, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born in Chickasaw County to John Box Harrington and Clytee Martin Harrington. She was a retired repair lady for Futorian Corp.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Rinehart and the Rev. Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Woodland.
Survivors include her daughter, Ruth H. (Larry) Smith of Houston; her son, Johnny Hicks of Woodland; her sisters, Stennis Fortner of Woodland and Ruth Hill of Okolona; her brother, Oliver Harrington of Pineville, La.; her grandchildren, Kathy Smith, Connie (Mike) Sappington, Neal Sanders, Blake Alford and Justin Allen; and her great-grandchild, Paytan Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Stewart Hicks on Oct. 7, 1977; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Smith, Mike Sappington, Mike Bradberry, Buster Darnell, Christopher Bradberry and Kenny Blissard.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Roland Whitman
PONTOTOC – Roland Whitman, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Wayne Ashcraft
TISHOMINGO – Roy Wayne Ashcraft, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and until service time on Wednesday. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Helen Smith
CORINTH – Helen Maxine Everett Smith, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Juliette Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Treye Alexander Pepper
IUKA – Treye Alexander Pepper, 6 months, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Providence Baptist Church with Bro. R.C. Scott officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Justin and Natalie Pepper of Iuka; his grandparents, Charles and Shelia Miles of Iuka, Hank Barrett of Iuka, Sissy Aldridge of Iuka and Jimmy and Larissa Pepper of Decatur, Ala.
Pallbearers will be Peanut Aldridge, Frank Aldridge, Alex Pruitt and Johnny Pepper.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Providence Baptist Church and will continue until service time Tuesday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Drew
BOONEVILLE – Barbara Drew, 65, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a beloved wife and mother. She was a homemaker. She was a former housekeeper at Harrah’s Hotel in Reno, Nevada. She and her husband spent nine years in Europe during the 70’s and 80’s.
McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. All visitation and the funeral arrangements will be handled by Guenther Funeral Home in Olean, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Drew of Booneville; two daughters, Anita Bish of Allegany, N.Y. and Teresa Curry (Roy) of Booneville; three sons, David Drew of Buffalo, N.Y., Scott Drew of Billings, MT, and Chris Drew of Booneville; and eight grandchildren
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Donna Mae Ludden Alsworth; and one daughter, Diane Drew.

Mary Hallmark
NETTLETON – Mary Lue Ray Hallmark, 54, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on May 11, 1955, in Lee County to William and Dessie Mae Gray Ray. She was a native of Nettleton, a homemaker and a Pentecostal. She loved her animals and making ceramic crafts.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First United Pentecostal Church in Verona with the Rev. John McAlister and the Rev. Mike Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Melissa Hamblin (Kevin), Angela Mitchell (Jerry) and Lindsey Hallmark, all of Nettleton; two sons, Marvin Hallmark (Patty) of Vina, Ala. and Lee Hallmark of Nettleton; two sisters, Marybell Knight (John) of Nettleton and Ann Sartin of Tremont; one brother, Curtis Fowler (Sherry) of Nettleton; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Barbara Joyce Hallmark; and one granddaughter, Angela ‘Nicole’ Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Boggs, Danny Moore, Donny Gray, Lee Hallmark, Tony Johnson and Thomas Moody.
Visitation will be continue from noon until service time today at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Webster Morrow ‘Skipp’
OKOLONA – James Webster Morrow ‘Skipp,’ died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He served as lay reader at St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church. He worked for General Electric in Detroit. He later served in the U.S. Army. He worked for many years for South Central Bell and later shared his passion for cooking at his restaurant in Okolona. He had a deep love for his community and was involved in several projects until his death.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Gene Ausbury officiating. Burial will be at the Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Morrow; his children, Cassandra Morrow, Carlene (Anthony ) Morrow-Stewart and Arlene Morrow; his goddaughter, Shelia Gilliam; his father, James (Liz) Morrow; his grandmother, Willa Raspberry; his uncles, William (Sondra) Raspberry and David (Cynthia) Raspberry; his aunt, Hattye (Eugene) Hall; his great aunt Dona Floyd; his grandchildren, Jami Morrow, Carlos, Amber and April Stewart, Jamal Moore and Zachary Davis; and his great-grandchildren, Jaylen Morrow and Carson Stewart.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Morrow Coleman; and his brother, Francis Morrow.
Pallbearers will be Colbry Cole, Anthony Floyd, Corneilus Ivy, Bennett Moore, Roy Wells and Tederrian Whitfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church.
Robert ‘Bob’ Ellis Baker
TUPELO – Robert ‘Bob’ Ellis Baker, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on June 19, 1946, to Quitman and Catherine Baker. He married Nancy Smith on Jan. 3, 1970. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam. He was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed cooking and having family gathering,. His passion was clipping coupons and shopping at Kroger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the chapel of Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with the Rev. Terry Falkner officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Hatley.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nancy Smith Baker of Tupelo; two sons, Robert Baker (Renae) of Tupelo and John Baker (Dawn) of Mooreville; six grandchildren, Josh Baker, Jacque Baker, both of Tupelo and Kayla, Brandon, Connor and Lindsey Baker, all of Mooreville; his mother, Catherine Baker of Verona; two sisters, Regina Stanford (Robert) of Verona, Kathy Montague (Ray) of Nettleton; and one brother, David Baker (Marsha) of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Quitman Baker; and one brother, John Lewis Baker.
Pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class at Macedonia Baptist Church.

Audrey Vinson
GOLDEN – Audrey Vinson, 89, died Saturday, Jan, 9, 2010, at her residence. She was born Dec. 15, 1920, in Alabama to Millard and Pearl Gray Swindle. She was employed at Blue Bell and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Gene Cooley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by six children, Charles (Myrtle) Vinson, Maggie Pearl (Bobby) Elrod, Neal (Brenda) Vinson, Harold (Jeannie) Vinson, Garry (Raymonda) Vinson and Larry (Dianna) Vinson, all of Golden; one brother, Lee Swindle; two halfbrothers, Junior Swindle and Jackie Swindle; two halfsisters, Eloise Snowden and Inez Wilson; 13 grandchildren, Trisha Knight, Donna Chapman, David Spencer, Patty Brown, Steve Elrod, Brian Elrod, Donald Vinson, Ronald Vinson, Elizabeth Taylor, Harold Vinson Jr., Charlotte Kuykendall, James Vinson and April Vinson; 19 great-grandchildren, Michelle Spencer, Ariyana Spencer, Abraham Spencer, Glenn Vinson, Ricky Vinson, Stephen Gardner, Latasha Armstrong, Sara Beth Elrod, Nathan Elrod, Chase Elrod, Zachary Elrod, Kacidy Vinson, Gracie Kuykendall, Dakota Vinson, Ayden Vinson, Michael Chapman, David Chapman, Joshua Chapman and Catherine Chapman; and three great-great-grandchildren, Madison Armstrong, Macey Armstrong and Mattox Armstrong.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Idus Gay Vinson; and a son Jimmy Louis Vinson.
Pallbearers will be Harold Vinson Jr., James Vinson, Ricky Vinson, Glenn Vinson, Steve Elrod and Brian Elrod.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until today and until service time Tuesday at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Donald Ray Anderson
TISHOMINGO – Donald Ray Anderson, 64, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital. He was born April 1, 1945, in Tishomingo. He was employed with General Motors and was a Veteran of the US Army.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with the Rev. Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Flossie Anderson of Flint, MI; his companion, Barbara Abington of Tishomingo; four brothers, Billy Anderson of Nashville, Ellis Anderson of Grand Blanc, MI, Bobby Anderson and Greg Anderson, both of Flint, MI; three sisters, Bettie Thomas and Schantell Anderson, both of Grand Bland, MI and Ella (Joe) Bean of Flint, MI; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson of Flint, MI; three aunts, Ruby Southward of Tishomingo, Rosie Martin of Florence, Ala. and Annezia Fargo of Huntsville, Ala; one uncle, Chris Anderson of Bloomington, Ill; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, DeEllis Anderson; and a brother, James Anderson.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Randy Dale Hall
WALKER, La. – Randy Dale Hall, 36, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at his home in Walker, La. He was born in Plantersville on Sept. 23, 1973, to Sammy Hall and Teresa Walton Armstrong.
He worked in the mobile home business in Lousiana setting up the homes in the greater Livingston Parish area. He was a loving father, son, brother and nephew.
A private family service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel with Minister Leon Willis officiating. Burial was in the Walton family plot at Walton Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include his parents, Teresa Walton Armstrong (Danny) of Walker and Randy Hall Jr. (Shirley) of Plantersville. his son, Christopher Turner of Denham Springs, La.; his sisters, Angela Hall of Colorado and Annie Armstrong of Walker, La; his brothers, Randy Hall Jr. and Bradley Hall of Plantersville; and numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jewel Walton Copeland and Dale Walton; his stepmaternal grandfather, Bonard Copeland; and paternal grandmother, Arthur Lee Hall.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Pat Gregory Jr.
LAKELAND, Tenn. – Oscar Patterson “Pat” Gregory Jr, 68, formerly of Sherman, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.

Carl F. Myers
AMORY – Carl F. Myers died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

James Elbert ‘Jack’ Powell Jr.
RIENZI – James Elbert ‘Jack’ Powell Jr., 74, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Old Danville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James West
MANTACHIE – James A. West, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

George Ryan
BOONEVILLE – George Ryan, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at his home after and extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

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