Obituaries Jan. 12, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction:
The obituary for Randy Dale Hall in Monday’s Daily Journal contained incorrect survivor information. He is the son of Randy Hall Sr. and Shirley, and Teresa Walton Armstrong and Danny.

James Morrow
OKOLONA – James Webster “Skipp” Morrow 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 in 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 stepfather, Willie Coleman of Okolona; one brother, Christopher (Teresa) Morrow of Detroit, Mich.; 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. today at St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church.
Elton Davis
BURNSVILLE – Elton Junior Davis, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, where he served as treasurer for many years. He was retired from Kimberly Clark. He was a member of Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years. He also served as an alderman for the Town of Burnsville. He was a member of Woodman of the World. He enjoyed farming, fishing and camping.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with Ricky Fields officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Osborn Davis of Burnsville; one son, Robert Elton Davis (Jennifer) of Burnsville; two grandchildren, Robert Elton Davis II and Shallyn Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Fannie Mae Davis; his in-laws, Robert and Geneve Osborn; six brothers, Luther, R.C., Ray, Garvin, Dewayne and Leuita Davis; and one sister, Mae Davis.
Pallbearers will be members of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Crum, Danny Crabb, Doc Austin, Rufus Austin, Jerry White, Tommy Laird, Jerry Allred, Mike Kramer, Ronnie Lambert, Howard South, Robert Lambert, Jessie McDuffy, Russell Weathers, Neal Weathers, Honell Hall, Ricky Jobe Johnson, Kenny King, Bethel Wallace, Jim Cundif, Stevie Lovelace, Mark Meeks, Forrest Wright, David Browning, Tommy Bonds, Ricky Inlow, Ed Pollard, Jim Hale, Harold Gist, Jimmy Calton, Gary Orick, Ray South, David Coln, Charles Cox, Clyde Newcom and Dewayne Woodruff.
The body will lie in state at the church for two hours prior to service time.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Harris
OKOLONA – Mildred Harris, 82, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 24, 1926, in Covington, Tenn., to R.P. Stewart and Wardie Alice Whitehorn Stewart. She moved from Covington to Okolona, where she had resided for the past 40 years. She worked many years for Armour Packing Company and managed the Okolona Country Club for eight years. She was a Baptist and member of the Mount Lebanon Church of Covington, Tenn. She loved her family and many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Warren (Diana) of Okolona; two daughters, Shirley Faye Goodwin Butler (Don) of Wren and Alice Sue Goodwin Butram (David) of Okolona; grandchildren, David Wayne Butram (Paula) of Bartlett, Tenn., Alicia Suzanne Butram of Mantachie, Kimberly Warren of Memphis, Tina Dabbs (Michael) of Wren, Donyell Hester (Terry) of Nettleton, Donnie Butler of Wren, Allen Jett of Okolona and Lisa West of Okolona; great-grandchildren, David Lee and Elizabeth Butram, Kelly Butram Holliday, Levi, Dyllen and Reed Hester, Chris and Caden Butler, and Bowen Dabbs; her best friends, Peggy Ratliff and Charlotte Gray; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clyde Stewart and Ramon Stewart; her sisters, Helen Hatfield, Velma Stewart, Sadie Jones and Allie Bell.
Pallbearers are Donnie Butler, Allen Jett, David Lee Butram, Levi Hester, Dyllen Hester and David Wayne Butram.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
Wayne Ashcraft
TISHOMINGO – Roy “Wayne” Ashcraft, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis after a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 21, 1954, in Booneville to Roy Milton and Lena Pearl Kizer Ashcraft. His family traveled throughout the world with his father’s Air Force career. He attended school in Guam and Nebraska before his family returned home to Booneville upon his father’s military retirement.
He graduated from Booneville High School in 1972. He attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College, first majoring in art and later in drafting. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in drafting and design. He worked as a draftsman on projects in Texas and Louisiana, as well as Yellow Creek in Tishomingo County. Before becoming disabled, he was a supervisor at FCA Manufacturing in Corinth.
On February 16, 2001, he married Monica Danielle Aday. They live in Tishomingo to be near his mother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Ashcraft and Steve Kizer officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Monica, of Tishomingo; his mother, Lena, of Tishomingo; one brother, Gary (Shelia) Ashcraft of Walnut; three sisters, Deborah (John) Vinterella of Mandeville, La., Marsha (Chris) Hart of Santee, Calif., and Sherri Johnson of Booneville; three nieces and six nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, Roy M. Ashcraft; his grandparents, Allen and Ottie Bolton Kizer, and Carl and Ruth Brown Ashcraft; and his mother-in-law, Mildred Osborn Aday.
Pallbearers will be Ritchie Aday, Rodney Aday, Devin Ashcraft, Ricky Butler, Will Johnson and Glen David Qualls.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday.

Brad Johnson
CORINTH – Brad Douglas Johnson, 39, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Corinth. He was born July 18, 1970. He was a self-employed construction contractor, and he worked for Caterpillar Inc. He was a graduate of Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a member of Rienzi Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Rienzi Baptist Church with Bro. Charlie Cooper and Bro. Titus Tyre officiating. Burial will be in New Danville Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Sean Douglas Johnson of Selmer, Tenn.; his parents, Doug and Jane Johnson of Rienzi; two sisters, Jana Thompson and husband, Blake, of Columbus, Ohio, and April Murphy and husband, Chris, of Booneville; his grandmother, Bernice Parvin of Biggersville; nieces, Kelsea Murphy and Sarah Blake Thompson; nephew, Grey Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cleveland Parvin Sr., and Guy and Velma Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Tice, Brandon Moore, Kerry Lambert, “Big” John Patrick, Reggie Anderson, Chris Ingram, Johnny Adams, Lee Benjamin and Darl Parvin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin McGrath, Scottie Michaels, Mark Johnson, Jay Mills, Tim Perry, J.E. Newcomb and Tim Mitchell
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rienzi Baptist Church Building Fund.
Billie Ruth Donald
FULTON – Billie Ruth Wilburn Donald, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1928, to G.B. and Annie Mae Perry Wilburn. She lived in Racine, Wis., where she worked for Dumore Corp. Following retirement, she returned to Itawamba County. Known for planning her activities and projects, she enjoyed camping, yard work, flowers and being outdoors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Donald of Fulton and Stephen Donald of Brunswick, Ga.; two brothers, Junior Wilburn (Dolores) of Dorsey and H.L. “Did” Wilburn of Fulton; two sisters, Catherine Witt of Fulton and Dorothy Leslie (Carroll) of the Richmond community; one sister-in-law, Ann Wilburn of Ballardsville; one granddaughter, Christina Marie Raab of Racine, Wis.; a special friend, Mary Ann George of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Owen Wilburn, James “Jimbo” Wilburn and Burrell Wilburn; and three sisters, Velda Loden, Lema McDaniel and Paula Whitten.
Pallbearers will be Jim Witt, Tim Leslie, Robert Wilburn, Joey Wilburn, Sammy Wilburn and Billy Wayne Wilburn.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

George Ryan
BALDWYN – George Holland “Buck” Ryan, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home in Baldwyn. He was born May 4, 1926, to Gertrude and Guy Ryan of the Hopewell community. He worked for 37 years for the GMN&O Railroad as a bridge builder before his retirement. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed raising vegetables for family and friends. He loved his family and spent his life working to make sure the family was well taken care of.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Bro. Jimmy Glover will officiate. Graveside services will follow at the Victory Baptist Church Cemetery in the Hopewell community.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Juanita Tolar Ryan; three children, Gary Ryan (Patsy) of Nettleton, Shelia Rakestraw of Tupelo and Debbie Tittle of Booneville; two stepdaughters, Anita Roland (Joe) of Booneville and Carolyn Isbell (Steve) of Cookeville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Melissa McKinney (Joe) of Verona, Vicki Browning of Myrtle, Keith Ryan (Christy) of Booneville, Heath Ryan of Tupelo, Greg Tittle (Heather) of Booneville, Chris Rakestraw of Tupelo, Shonica Nicole Tittle of Booneville, Cindy Lowe (Rick) of Junction City, Ore., Mark Nunley (Tammy) of Booneville, Delta Dawn Rector (Earl) of Omaha, Neb., and Bryan Isbell of Chicago; three brothers, Stanley Ryan (Faye) of Verona, Jimmy Dale Ryan of Baldwyn and Curtis Ryan (Effie) of Saltillo; two sisters, Margaretselle Lindley (Junior) of Booneville and Betty Lou Mink of Baldwyn; one brother-in-law, Bobby Tolar (Beverly) of Saltillo; one sister-in-law, Helen Lathrop of Plantersville; 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Annie Lou Ryan, in 1999; a son-in-law, Don Tittle; his parents; and two brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Keith Ryan, Greg Tittle, Heath Ryan, Chris Rakestraw, Macon McKinney, Cole McKinney, Kody Ryan and Mark Nunley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Reese
HAMILTON – Charles Norman Reese, 79, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

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. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Virginia Mims
TUPELO – Virginia Howorth Mims, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born in West Point, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Russell and the late Blanche Halbert Howorth. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. degree. She moved to Lucedale in 1965 and was a schoolteacher for 20 years. Her community service included working with the George County Hospital Auxiliary, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Lucedale Woman’s Club. She also was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lucedale, where she was active in the Wesleyan Circle and the Elma Bristow Sunday School Class. She moved to Tupelo in February 2006 and became a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. Her activities there included Wesleyan Sunday School Class, Mission Seekers, Stay Young Group, WEB Group and the church exercise group.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sigler Funeral Home in Lucedale. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Lucedale.
Survivors include two sons, William J. “Bill” (Bonnie) Mims of Tupelo and Stephen H. “Steve” (Vickie) Mims of Houston, Texas; grandsons, Braden (Phala) Mims of Thomasville, Ala., Chad (Aletha) Mims of Tupelo and Kevin (Charlotte) Mims of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Sarah Mims of New York, N.Y., and Kelly Mims of Houston, Texas; great-grandson, Jack Mims; great-granddaughters, Anna Madelyn Mims, Olivia Kate Mims and Marley Mims; one sister, Ruth Wells of Chattanooga, Tenn.; seven nieces and nephews, Becky Wells (John) Wise, Linda Wells-Schuerman, Sandra Mims, Kenny Mims, Eddie Mims, Susanne Blaumuller and Bob Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Mims.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sigler Funeral Home in Lucedale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church Building for the Future Fund in Tupelo or to the George County Library in Lucedale.

Roland L. Whitman
PONTOTOC – Roland Lafayette Whitman, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A native of Brilliant, Ala., he was born Dec. 27, 1924, to Joseph Lafayette and Ida Cochran Whitman. He served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II as a heavy artillery machinist, serving in New Guinea and The Philippines. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He enjoyed flower gardening and building things. He was an active member of Doty Chapel Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on various committees.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Manley officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Gilvo Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Larry J. Whitman of Sylmar, Calif., and James L. Whitman (Roz) of Newberry Park, Calif.; two grandsons, Adam and Bryan Whitman; four great-grandchildren; his niece and caregiver, Donna Harmon of Pontotoc; several nieces and nephews; his special friend, Faye Tartt of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Adine Whiteman, on Dec. 16, 1993; two brothers, Elbert and Leonard; one sister, Jewell Sloan; one nephew, Jerry Sloan; and his stepmother, Annie Cook Whitman.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Sloan, Daniel Sloan, Caleb Sloan, Bobby Stafford, Lee Moore, Brad Clayton and James Oswalt.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Deloris Potts
MYRTLE – Deloris Cooper Potts, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Union County Health and Rehab. She was born April 10, 1922, in Union County to Luther Cooper and Cordie Hearn Cooper. She was a retired meal site manager for Three Rivers Planning and Development District. She was a member of the Myrtle United Methodist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by a son, Henry Potts (Shirley) of Myrtle; a son-in-law, James Byers (Nina) of New Albany; four grandchildren, Jay Potts of Myrtle, Jeff Potts of New Albany, Robert Byers of Saltillo and John Byers of Saltillo; two great-grandchildren, Seri Potts and Cooper Byers; a sister-in-law, Hazel Cooper; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Potts; her daughter, Peggy Byers; four brothers, Otis, Ed, Grady and Quinton Cooper; and two sisters, Odell Davis and Thelma Clayton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Richard H. Box
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Richard H. Box, 60, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was a native of Fayette County, Tenn. He was a longtime employee of Morris Lumber Company and a member of the Morris Chapel Baptist Church.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 9, at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn., with the Rev. John Watkins officiating. Burial was private.
Survivors include his son, Johnny Box of Ashland.
Billy Cunningham
TUPELO – Billy Wayne Cunningham, 62, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 7, 1947, to John and Dollie Cunningham in Saltillo. He was a longtime member of New Zion Baptist Church in Saltillo. He began his career working for Tom’s Toaster in Tupelo. He later worked for several years at Purnell’s Pride in Tupelo. He enjoyed socializing with his family and friends, the arts, all types of music, dancing and playing bingo. He brought laughter everywhere he ventured in life.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors Chapel in Tupelo. The Rev. Willie Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo.
Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Louise Crump of Tupelo and Mary Helen Ruff of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Tommy (Nancy) Cunningham of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Ruby Cunningham of Tupelo; two special nieces, Janine Walker and Kimberly Crump, both of Tupelo; six nephews, three nieces and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Charles Ray, Richard, Bobby and Jimmie Cunningham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Pat Gregory
LAKELAND, Tenn. – Oscar Patterson “Pat” Gregory Jr., 68, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn., after a brief illness. He was born in Tupelo on Aug. 29, 1941, to Oscar P. and Lucille Meador Gregory. He was a 1960 graduate of Sherman High School. He worked for 17 years at Penn Tire in Tupelo and 17 years as regional sales manager for Ronco/Borden Foods. After retiring he worked part time at Whitten Bros. Hardware. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Tenn. He was a golfer and an avid gardener. He loved his family and his two dogs, Molly and Gizmo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Lakeland with Bro. Joseph Capebianco officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sherman Cemetery in Sherman. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Nola Vaught Gregory of Lakeland, Tenn.; one daughter, Angie Boyette (Mark) of College Grove, Tenn.; two sons, Andy Gregory of Memphis and Jason Gregory of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Josh Boyette, Richard Chrestman, Drew Gregory, Shelby Boggan and Luke Gregory; one brother, Mike Gregory (Peggy) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be former business associates.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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 were Monday, Jan. 11, at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Rinehart and the Rev. Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in 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, Bubba Smith, Angie Allen; her great-grandchildren, Macie Sappington, Neal Sanders, Blake Alford and Justin Allen; and her great-great-grandchild, Paytan Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Stewart Hicks, on Oct. 7, 1977; and her parents.
Pallbearers were Bubba Smith, Mike Sappington, Mike Bradberry, Buster Darnell, Christopher Bradberry and Kenny Blissard.
Friends and family may sign the online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Eva Long
TUPELO – Eva McBride Long died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Ark., after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
Bobby Watkins
WATERFORD – Bobby Lynn “100 Watt” Watkins, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born May 25, 1940, in Benton County. He was an electrician and plumber. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral with Bro. Danny Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Inez Johnson Watkins of Waterford; his mother, Geraldine Carpenter Watkins of Waterford; one son, Michael Watkins of Waterford; two daughters, Teresa Huey (Tracy) of Potts Camp and Brittany Gray of Waterford; grandchildren, Summar Gray and Victoria Hedglin.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Callie “Tootsie” Lawson, and his father, A.C. Watkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donald Carson
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Donald Ray Carson, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. He was a native of Iuka and a member of Barton Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Cherokee with Shane Swinney officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Weaver Carson; daughters, Alecia Carson Marlar (Matthew) and Lori Brooke McGuyer (Devin); brothers, William T. Carson (Brenda) and Charles E. Carson (Linda); grandchildren, Avery Kate Marlar and Leyton Elizabeth Marlar; and his mother-in-law, Cleo Weaver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Edith Carson; a brother, Royce Lee Carson; and his father-in-law, Starkey Weaver.
Pallbearers will be Scott Sitton, Justin Weaver, Neal Carson, Jeff Carson, Bruce Carson and Johnny Rhodes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Carson and Jerry Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

Darrel Owens
HAMILTON – Darrel Wayne Owens, 74, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born July 23, 1935, to William Curtis Owens and Rena Neal Owens in Monroe County. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a graduate of Greenwood Springs School. He retired from the Mississippi Highway Department as road maintenance supervisor.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Wayne Vines officiating. Burial will be in Owens Cemetery in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sutton Owens of Hamilton; one son, Arnold Wayne Owens and wife, Teresa, of Hamilton; six grandchildren, Kelly Murro, Chad Owens, Curtis Owens, Laura Owens, Caysee Owens and Daniel Owens; and two great-grandchildren, Dagan Owens and Mary Murro.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Darrel Allen Owens; and one brother, William Neal Owens.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rev. Roy Lawrence Jr.
COLUMBUS – The Rev. Roy Lawrence Jr., 78, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Caledonia United Pentecostal Church in Caledonia. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery in Caledonia. Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Rev. Roy Lawrence Jr. Memorial Fund, 700 Honnoll Mill Road, Caledonia, MS 39740.

Annie Laxson
IUKA – Annie Louise Laxson, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Iuka.

Virginia Carson
VICKSBURG – Virginia Louise Carson, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Covenant Health and Rehab. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Fleming Edmundson. She was a sales clerk for most of her working years and a member of Highland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Bryan Ivey officiating. Burial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland with Bro. Jerry Gilder officiating.
Survivors include a brother, Freddie Edmundson of Vardaman; two sisters, Polly Keaton of Madison and Catherine Lee of Brandon; three daughters, Barbara Miller of Memphis, Rose Ruth of West Richland, Wash., and Teresa Bartley of Tampa, Fla.; four sons, Eddie Carson of Raymond, Willis Carson of Stevenville, Texas, Ricky Carson of Vicksburg and Sammy Carson of Grapevine, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Laverne Wooten; and a brother, Wesley Edmundson.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Highland Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Amanda Milsaps
CORINTH – Amanda Jane Milsaps, 29, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. She was born July 8, 1980. She was a graduate of the Biggersville High School Class of 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2003 and her master’s degree in 2007 from Mississippi State University. She worked for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation as an evaluator. She loved reading, riding motorcycles, going camping and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m.Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery in Corinth.
Survivors include her mother, Rita Milsaps; two sisters, Angela Miller and husband, Travis, of Atlanta, Ga., and Jeana Dodd and husband, Will, of Corinth; nieces and nephews, Kelly Miller, Trevor Miller, Taylor Dodd, Anna Dodd and Allie Dodd; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Milsaps, and her grandparents, Bonnie Milsaps, and LaVera and M.F. Wakefield.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

George Burress
BOONEVILLE – George Junior Burress, 72, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 18, 1938, in Prentiss County to William and Arrie Branyon Burress. He was a member of Faith Harvest Church.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Lee A. Miller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Johnny (Deborah) Burress of fForence, Ala.; one sister, Emma (Charlie) Williams of Booneville; two brothers, William F. Burress of Booneville and Wesley (Emma) Shelley of Baldwyn; one stepsister, Allene Billups of Baldwyn; one granddaughter, Brandy Bicole Wells of Florence, Ala.; two great-granddaughters, McKenzie Elasha Coffey and Sy’ Marien Coffey; a special sister, Armentra Burress.
He was preceded in death by Robert F. Burress and Paul Wayne Burress.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Glenda Jamison
PONTOTOC – Glenda Sue Jamison, 63, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Harvest Time Church of God. She was a graduate of Algoma High School and a 1964 graduate of nursing school. She was a retired nurse.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. David Hall and the Rev. Gary Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Katie McGloflin (Daniel), and three sons, Sam Keith (Carolyn), Mike Keith (Robin) and David Keith (Sonya), all of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Elbert Tackitt and Kaite Sue Lou Dodson Tackitt; her husband, James W. Jamison; her sister, Shirley Kelley; and three brothers, Jack Tackitt, Paul Tackitt and Buddy Tackitt.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Hardwick, Justin Tackitt, Joseph Hardwick, Matthew Jordan, Noah Tackitt, Aron McGloflin, Josh McGloflin, Michael Keith Jr. and Brad Evans.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bonnie Benefield
SHADY GROVE – Bonnie Eileen Benefield died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She loved her grandchildren and spending time with the Shady Grove Ladies Bible Study group.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Bro. Keith Benefield and Bro. David Barrett will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff Benefield (Donna) of Mooreville and Bro. Keith Benefield (Lori) of Sarepta; one sister, Linda Sue Handley (Ron) of Chandler, Ind.; three brothers, Leon Rush (Doris) of Elberfeld, Ind., Earl Rush (Mary Jo) of Princeton, Ky., and Roger Rush (Bonnie) of Fredricksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Cole, Jacob, Kati and Keri Benefield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Benefield; a son, Benji Earl Benefield; her parents, Aubrey and Myrtle Rush; a sister, Iva Mae Cox; and three brothers, Bill Rush, Paul Rush and Bob Rush.
Pallbearers will be Barry Kidd, Tim Benefield, James Smith, Kenny Scheller, Kevin Handley and Allen Rush.
Honorary pallbearers will be Curt Lewis, Lynn Benefield, Charles J. Kidd and Leighton Sappington.
Visitation will be at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.

Erskine Lowry
HOULKA – Funeral arrangements for Erskine Lowry are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Jean Guntharp
MANTACHIE – Jean Guntharp, 79, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.

William Hardin
MEMPHIS – William O. Hardin, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lakeview Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.

Walter Heatherly Jr.
MEMPHIS – Walter Blaine Heatherly Jr., 84, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at noon Wednesday at Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Ed Morrow
EUPORA – Ed Morrow, 79, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billy Luker
CORINTH – Billy Marce Luker, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military honors. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arlis Durell Head
PALM COAST, Fla. – Arlis Durell Head died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his home in Palm Coast, Fla. He was born in Banner on May 1, 1936. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Patricia Vickers Head, and his four children, Donna Head, Janet Perry, David Head and Elizabeth Henry; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Head; and three sons-in-law, Greg Lynn, Allen Perry and Kevin Henry. In addition, he is survived by his seven beloved grandchildren, Jordan Perry, Jacob Perry, Taylor Head, Sarah Head, Megan Head, Emma Henry and Jack Henry; and a stepgrandson, Marcus Perry. They will miss their Papa who always told wonderful stories, made them laugh, instilled in them the value of education, faith and family.
Durell was the youngest of 13 children. He is survived by Fannie Lou, Raymond, Maxine, George Dewey and Jack. He joins those departed, Nina, Aubrey, Idell, Alice Ruth, Roy, Clara and Robert. He was a devoted uncle to 31 nieces and nephews.
Durell met Patricia in Lanett, Ala., on a blind date when Durell was serving in the military at Fort Benning, Ga. Durell worked with IBM for 32 years, and Patricia supported him throughout. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and later his MBA at Mercer University in Atlanta. He later worked as Associate Dean of Continuing Education for Oglethorpe University.
He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father to his children and grandchildren, devoted member of the Head clan and instrumental in the founding of the Head family reunion, which has occurred each year for the last 30 years. He loved his garden and left this earth tending to it. He was a natural leader who wanted the best for all of us and was a true friend to all who came in contact with him.
A memorial service will be held at Pryor Funeral Home, 127 Public Square, Calhoun City, at 1 p.m. Jan. 13. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or French Camp Academy in his name.

Euna Mae Whitfield
IUKA – Euna Mae Price Whitfield, 85, passed from this world on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, surrounded by her family and friends at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. A beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a Christian and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Iuka. She was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in the North Crossroads community of Tishomingo County to the late Phinn and Lillie Price. On May 6, 1944, she married Noel Dosey Whitfield, her husband of 45 years, who preceded her in death.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. today, Jan. 12, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Bro. John Shamblin, Bro. Doug Christy, and brother-in-law and special friend, Bro. Thomas Kemp. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers include David Whitfield, Tracy Crume, Al Collins, Mark Alred, Austin Whitfield and Bobby Phifer. Honorary pallbearers include Andrew Whitfield, Brett Alred and Alex Whitfield. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Known fondly as “Ma,” she is survived by one son, Jimmy Whitfield (Brenda) of Iuka, and one daughter, Linda Crume (Bob) of Olaton, Ky.
Born to 12 siblings, she is survived by one sister, Shirley Bullard of Iuka; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Collins (Al) of Meridian, Catena Alred (Mark) of Burnsville, David Whitfield (Cindy) of Iuka and Tracy Crume (Alicia) of Olaton, Ky.; and eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Andrew and Alex Whitfield, Brett and Maggie
Alred, and Lily, Georgia and Eliza Collins.
She is preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Perry, Melvin, Lester and Hubert Price; and seven sisters, Lou Morris, Allie Honeycutt, Dona Johnson, Ruthie Kemp, Verbal Tomme, Eler McMasters and Mary “Billie” Joslin.
Memorials may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church or the New Prospect Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Anthony Mercer
TUPELO – Our son and best friend, Roger Anthony Mercer, 14, has gone to Heaven after complications from diabetes. He was surrounded by his family as he went on to a peaceful rest. He leaves behind a dearly loved sister, Carly Mercer, and devoted parents, Mitzi and Roger Mercer; his great-grandmother, Mary Chambers; his grandparents, Jim and Sandi Chambers, Kitty Kveum and Judy Mercer; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves special friends, Victoria Young, Hunter Hattox, Zach Campbell, and all his guitar pickin’ buddies. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Chambers, and his
pawpaw, Bill Mercer.
Born Sept. 18, 1995, Anthony will always be remembered for his good-natured humor, sweet disposition, outstanding musical talents, love
for his family and joy for life. Anthony was a student at Tupelo Middle School, where he was a member of the chorus and FCA. Anthony
was liked by all who were lucky enough to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
A time of fellowship will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Orchard in Tupelo, followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. Flowers are welcome, as well as donations to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis and organizations working on a cure for diabetes.
The family offers a special thank you for all the prayers and support received.