Obituaries Jan. 2, 2010

Lucille James
IUKA – Lucille Hamilton James, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Iuka Baptist Church. She was a cafeteria manager at Iuka High School for many years and a greeter at Walmart for 15 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. The Rev. Jim Manley will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Bobby James, Buddy James and Scotty James, all of Iuka, and Larry “Tootie” James of Euless, Texas; two daughters, Betty Hill of Iuka and Janie Dean of Euless, Texas; one brother, Billy Wayne Hamilton of Cherokee, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gresham James, and a son, Danny James.
Pallbearers will be Tim James, Jimmy James, Mark Hill, Casey James, James Butler and Jeff Butler.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth Gladney
MYRTLE – Elizabeth Coffee Gladney, 91, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Celeste Wright
BURNSVILLE – Celeste Ophelia Hall Wright, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at her residence. She was a charter member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a lifelong homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and singing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Bro. Joe Hardwick and Bro. Bobby Elliott will officiate. Burial will follow in Burnsville Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Robert Allen Wright (Mary Sue) of Burnsville, Randel Wright (Bobbie) of Tuscumbia, Ala., Jerry Wright of Chicago Ridge, Ill., Frankie Wright (Diane) of Burnsville and Roger Wright (Mary Ann) of Burnsville; three daughters, Betty Hardwick (Joe) of Farmington, Linda Cummings (Charles) of Iuka and Bonnie Dill (Lynn) of North Crossroads; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Mary Hall of Iuka.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert Morgan Wright; her parents, John Franklin and Lula Pearl Seago Hall; four brothers, and three sisters.
Memorials may be made to the charity of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Miller
AMORY – Martha Ruth McDaniel Culver Goodwin Miller, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a sudden illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Nov. 1, 1926, to I.W. and Mary Bell Edwards McDaniel. She worked in the garment plant in Smithville and retired from the Amory Manor Nursing Home. She married Emmitt Culver in 1942, John Goodwin in 1970, and William Miller in 1990, all of whom preceded her in death. She enjoyed reading, her family, camping, fishing and feeding her goats.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Ricky Jones and Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Larry Culver (Dean) of Amory; one daughter, Annis Curtis (John) of Ecru; 10 grandchildren, Sammy Green, Terry Green, Amy Hughes, Adam Gillentine, Robin Culver, Rusty Culver, Cindy Culver, Joey Culver, Josh Culver and Benji Culver; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Billy Culver; one daughter, Kay Gillentine; two brothers, Caleb and James McDaniel; two sisters, Rachel Green and Eula Cockrell; and her husbands.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Green, Terry Green, Kirk Green, Rusty Culver, Adam Culver, Adam Gillentine and Mitchell Hughes.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Sherry Bostick
BELMONT – Sherry Lynn Bostick, 47, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Sept. 22, 1962, in Fulton to Bobby Joe and Johnnie Lou Carolyn Wilson. She was the co-owner of Industrial Chemical. She attended Old Paths Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro. James Segars will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Bostick of Belmont; one son, Joshua Bostick (Ashley) of Southaven; her parents, Bobby Joe and Johnnie Wilson of Smithville; two sisters, Joey Hughey (Michael) and Janie Taylor, both of Smithville; nieces and nephews, Ashley Taylor, Jacob Hughey, Hailey Hughey, Addison Grace Hughey, Bobby Parker, Cindy Parker and Debbie Griffin; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Parker of Belmont.
Pallbearers will be Griff Griffin, Seth Roberts, Bobby Parker, Junior Gillentine, Dale Mauldin and Kyle Harris.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Norma Jean Kennedy
BIRMINGHAM – Norma Jean Kennedy, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Birmingham. A native of Itawamba County, she was the daughter of the late Earl Richardson and Janie Elizabeth Parsons Ridge. She was a member of the first graduating class of Itawamba Junior College. She was a member of Tremont Baptist Church and a retired secretary for Guaranty Pest Control in Birmingham.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary Guth officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, David Kennedy (Karen) and Gary Kennedy (Beverly), both of Birmingham; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Parker Kennedy of Birmingham; two brothers, Earl Homer Ridge and Charles Ridge, both of Golden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kennedy, in 2007.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Virginia Gilliland
HAMILTON, Ala. – Virginia Jeanette Wingo Gilliland, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Red Bay, Ala., to Lester and Lenoia Anderson Wingo. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her sister, Mildred, and her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved. She loved taking care of her little dog, playing Skip-Bo cards and working word puzzle books.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Jason Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Bexar Cemetery.
Survivors are five daughters, Gail Patterson (Donnie) and Patricia Jackson (Tommy), all of Vina, Ala., and Teresa Bridges (Wayne), Brenda Jackson (Lee Gann) and Lesley Davis (Phillip), all of Hamilton, Ala.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Mitchell Wingo; four sisters, Elaine Nichols (Johnny), Dorothy Waddle, Mildred Ann Gilliland (Mack) and Judy Jackson (Jr.).
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Bill” Gilliland; her parents; one brother, Harold Wingo; and a grandson, Derek Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Jason Patterson, Ross Patterson, Chad Gann, Jamie Purser, Jeremy Rogers, Marty Gilliland and Jeremy Humphres.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Bobbie Johnson
MADISON, Ind. – Bobbie Jean Young Johnson 82, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Ind. She was born June 9, 1927, in Lee County to William Horace and Verdie Westmoreland Young. She grew up in Lee County and graduated from Mooreville High School. She attended Mississippi State University. She married Junior Smith “Jim” Johnson on Sept. 8, 1948. She lived in Carroll County, Ky., for several years, moving to Madison in 1958. She was a teacher’s assistant for the Madison Consolidated School System for 23 years. She was a member of the North Madison Baptist Church and the Jefferson County Homemaker’s Association. She loved cooking, collecting recipes, knitting, gardening, working with flowers and traveling, visiting all 50 states and Europe. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who took great delight in the accomplishments of children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the North Madison Baptist Church in Madison, Ind. Pastor Frank McGee will officiate. Burial will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Junior S. “Jim” Johnson of Madison, Ind.; her daughters, Linda J. Bennett of Indianapolis, Ind., Judy West and husband, Michael, of Knoxville, Tenn., Louise Johnson of Boston, Mass.; her nine grandchildren: William J. Bennett, Stacy L. Bennett, Anna K. Bennett, Jason T. Henry, Matthew A. Henry, Jessica C. Henry, Lindsey M. West, Chase M. West and Paige M. West; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Annie Katherine Carr and Mary Nell Metcalfe.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Madison Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to www.morgan-nay.com.

Ovie Carr
BRUCE – Ovie Lucille Brown Carr, 96, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Calhoun County Health Services Hospital in Calhoun City. She was born Sept. 21, 1913, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. David Poynor will officiate. Burial will be in Tabernacle Cemetery in Water Valley.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Camp (L.L.), Patricia Morris and Rebecca Lee (Billy), all of Bruce; a daughter-in-law, Peggie Carr of Water Valley; four sons, James Carr (Niann) of Dolton, Fla., Charles Carr of Bruce and Orville Carr Jr. (Kim) of Bruce and Perry Carr (Mary) of Harrison, Tenn.; one sister, Marie Hardin of Calhoun City; 28 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Carr Sr., in 1968; her parents, Harrison Parker Brown and Nancy Austin Brown; a son, Gerald Brown Carr; a daughter, Joyce Kaufman; a sister, Tecie Prestage; and two brothers, Loyd Brown and Wayne Brown.
Pallbearers will be John Dickey, Rickey Dickey, Mike Dickey, Chad Lee, Jeff Lee, Bucky Lee, Eric Carr and Dustin Carr.
Wilma Graves
GUNTOWN – Wilma Kathryn Graves, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Jaquith Nursing Home in Jackson after a long illness.
A private memorial service for immediate family and friends will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will follow at Camp Creek Baptist Cemetery in Guntown.
Survivors include one sister, Christine Graves Gibson; one brother, George W. Graves Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. Graves and Carrie Knowles Graves, and two sisters, Clarice Graves Skinner and Opal Graves.

Thomas D. Clements
FULTON – Thomas D. Clements, 63, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Bruce. He was a retail store manager and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with the Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery at Randolph.
Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Clements (Joe Richards) of Fulton; one son, Mike Clements (Nicki) of Saltillo; three sisters, Josephine Pettit of Bruce, Nell Douglas of Randolph and Ruth McDonald of Ecru; one brother, Larry Clements of Bruce; and six grandchildren, Jessica Burcham, Blake Mitchell, Angela Mitchell, Kara Clements, Gracie Clements and Cody Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Miller Clements; his parents, Walter and Mildred Davis Clements; and four brothers, James, Robert, Eddie and Bill Clements.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Clements, Jeff Clements, Matthew Clements, Robert Clements Jr., Wayne Clements and Phillip Pruitt.

Mary Floyd
GUNTOWN – Mary Floyd, 77, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, yardwork, and taking care of Buster and B.B.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro Merle Floyd and Bro. Ronnie Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Diane Coggins (Larry Joe) of Saltillo, Linda Coker (Pat) of Tupelo and Karen Hallmark (Frankie) of Baldwyn; one son, Henry “Mac” Floyd (Dorothy) of Guntown; her grandchildren, Timmy Floyd, Wendy Floyd, J.C. Coggins, Andrea McDonald, Corey Coker, Kerry Pace, Jeremy Stanley, Barry Hallmark, Tammy Anderson and Jonathan Hallmark; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Floyd; her parents, John P. and Nannie Lou Floyd; brothers and sisters, Ivy Floyd, James Floyd, Johnny Floyd, Willie Floyd, Hazel Grant and Ruby Ford.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Coggins, Timmy Floyd, Jimmy Hutcheson, Larry Joe Coggins, Pat Coker, Billy Williams and Jonathan Hallmark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Annie Chandler
WEST POINT – Annie Lois Ward Chandler, 85, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at her home in West Point. She was born May 15, 1924, in Woodland to Nora Huffman Ward and Julius Eugene Ward. She had been a seamstress for Knickerbocker Manufacturing Company and a homemaker. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. She married Lawrence Hewitt Chandler on Aug. 26, 1946, in Chickasaw County. He died Aug. 2, 1989.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Bro. Jerry Allen will officiate, and the Rev. Carl Morris will assist. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Boyd Veron Chandler (Annie) of West Point and Richard Allen Chandler of Smithville; three grandchildren, Amanda Chandler, Lorena Huffman (William) and Kennie Chandler (Laura); one stepgrandchild, Cindy Shaffer (Larry); four great-grandchildren, William Boyd, Allysa Huffman, Nicholas Huffman and Devin Chandler; two sisters, Lula Mae Hill of Lagrange, Ky., and Bettie Ann Morris (Carl) of Mantee, one brother, Julius E. Ward, Jr. of West Point; a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Mary (Lloyd) Weaver and Frances Hank (Roy Jackson) Russell.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Hill, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Strickland, Leon Morris, Randy Morris, Rodney Russell and Harold Chandler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Brand, Hubert Caston, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Orr, Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., Jimmy Weaver, friends and neighbors, and Asera Care Hospice caregivers, Jennifer Washington and Peggy Chadwick.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Elvis Lindley
SHANNON – Elvis Charles Lindley, 83, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A lifelong Lee Countian, he was born April 21, 1926, to Joseph Angie Lindley and Emma Parker Lindley. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the India, Burma and China Theaters. On March 18, 1946, he received two Bronze Stars for his bravery in combat. He married the love of his life, Jeanie Rogers Lindley, on Sept. 7, 1946, and she died Dec. 29, 2009, after a marriage of 63 years. He was a self-employed auto body repairman all his working life and the owner of Lindley Auto Body Shop. He was a member of Doty Chapel Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was completed devoted to his immediate and extended family.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Bro. Jim Manley will officiate, and Dr. Marvin Murphy will assist. Private burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Lindley Cash (Dan) of Saltillo; two sons, Ronny Lindley (Peggy) of Verona and James Lindley (Donna) of Shannon; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Lindley, Rodney Lindley, Randy Lindley, Stacy Tate, Angie Lindley, Shonda Darsey and Jason Easterling; seven great-grandchildren, Jourdan Tate, Bradley Tate, Brandon Lindley, Jacob Lindley, Anna Lindley, Levin Darsey and Lynnon Darsey; sisters, Halove Lindley Morgan (Marlin) of Plantersville, Mable Milligan and Elizabeth “Bitty” Lindley, both of Boston, and Faye Hamblin of Tupelo; a brother, Joel Lindley of Palmetto; a brother-in-law, J.C. Rogers (Margurie) of Palmetto.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a son, Kenneth “Kenny” Lindley; a sister, Mavis Herndon; two brothers, E.E. Lindley and Shelley Ray Lindley; and an infant sibling,
Pallbearers will be Rodney and Randy Lindley, Eddie Rogers, Robert Tate, Jason Easterling and Bobby Bucy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.

Mittie Wood
FULTON – Mittie Burton Wood, 96, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, in Fulton. She was born March 31, 1913. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed doing word search puzzles.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Terry Paul Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Danny Wood and Ricky Wood, all of Fulton; three daughters, Dorothy Wood, Johnnie Devaughn and Peggy Hayes, all of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Wood, Thomas Wood, Melissa Evans, Tim Hayes, Kim Yielding, Chuck Lofton, Donny Lofton and Gary Hamm; 17 great-grandchildren, Tim, Paul and Phillip Lofton, Hunter and Lauren Yielding, Zack, Bryson and Lakin Hamm, Tyler, Haylee and Cassidy Wood, Reagan Hayes, Amber and Chole Evans, and Clayton, Brooke and Carly Wood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reggie Wood; her parents, James William and Bammie Jones Byram; one daughter, Helen Lofton; and five brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Tim Hayes, Gary Hamm, Chuck Lofton, Donnie Lofton, Thomas Wood, Jeremy Wood, Frank Yielding and Brad Evans.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.

Mark Brown
SMITHVILLE – Mark Brown, 43, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville.

Shamona McAllister
ABERDEEN – Shamona McAllister, 120 days, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Forest Neal
ABERDEEN – Forest Neal, 72, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Elford Holcomb Jr.
PONTOTOC – Elford Holcomb Jr., 80, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Johnie Dawkins
STARKVILLE – Johnie Mack Dawkins, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Burial will follow in the Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catch-a-Dream, P.O. Box 6280, Mississippi State, MS 39762, Attn: Dr. Marty Brunson; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
To access the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Beatrice Overton
CORINTH – Beatrice “Bea” Switcher Overton, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Harold R. Brown
AMORY – Harold R. Brown, 71, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Laverne Hill
AMORY – Laverne Brasfield Hill, 90, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Bethay Murphee
FULTON – Funeral arrangements for Bethay Murphee are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

James Luster
CORINTH – James Earl Luster died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home.

Lucy Arnold
BOONEVILLE – Lucy Jones Arnold, 62, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

James F. Elliott
PONTOTOC – James F. Elliott, 75, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home.
No funeral services have been planned. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family.

Buddy Ables
TISHOMINGO – Vernon “Buddy” Ables, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery.

Opal Gilmore
AMORY – Opal H. Gilmore, 83, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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