Obituaries Jan. 3, 2010

Beatrice ‘Bea’ Overton
CORINTH – Beatrice ‘Bea’ Switcher Overton, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to East Corinth Baptist Church or the Crossroads Baptist Church Building Fund, 1002 Burnch St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Gertrude Bogardus
TUPELO – Gertrude Lolah Bogardus, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Traceway Manor. She was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Angola, NY to Neal and Lolah Reynolds. She was a resident of Western NY until moving to Tupelo four years ago. She was a member of Hamburg Presbyterian Church and was a longtime receptionist for the State of New York. She was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and loved to read and work crossword puzzles. She was a devout Republican and an accomplished ballroom dancer. She enjoyed her time at Traceway and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Traceway Manor with the Rev.. Robert Godbold officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Bogardus of Plantersville; one son, George Bogardus (Mary) of Saltillo; one daughter-in-law, Becky Bogardus of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Chantelle Lynn Bogardus, Tamara Godbold, Heather Mallette, Matthew Lips, Rodney Bogardus and Nathan Lips; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Doug Bogardus; a granddaughter, January Justine Lips; four sisters, Margarite Gage, Viola Woltz, Myrtle Hayes and Dorothy Holmes; and three brothers, Ira Reynolds, Lynn Reynolds and Patrick Reynolds.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Traceway Manor.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Marlin ‘Smiley’ Adams
DUMAS – Robert Marlin “Smiley” Adams, 84, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis. He was born July 11, 1925, to Lee Adams and Ora Smith Adams. He was a retired Baptist Minister and worked for Turner Dairy. He was an avid fiddle player and had a family band. He never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Goolsby and Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Parr Adams of Dumas; one daughter, Glenda Pfister (Bro. Barry) of Linneus, Mo.; four sons, Ray Adams (Faye) of Lake Cormorant, Tommy Adams of Dumas, Dr. James Adams (Charline) of Memphis, and Bro. Paul Adams (Tonya) of Dumas; thirteen grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sarah Wallis Adams; two sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Adams, John Adams, Bobby Adams, Len Adams, Ben Adams, and Thomas Letson.
Honorary pallbearer will be Brian Pfister.
Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To sign our on-line guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Bethay Murphree
FULTON – Bethay Murphree, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 23, 1931, in Itawamba County to Clifford Bean and Tular Wilson Murphree. He was a member of the Saucer Creek Church of Christ. He was an avid fisherman and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Cliff Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara Murphree of Fulton; two sons, Perry Murphree (Renee) of Fulton and Clifford Murphree (Lana) of Tremont; five grandchildren, John Kyle, Alex Perry, Erin Elizabeth, Samuel Luke and Emma Beth; two brothers, Morris Aldridge Murphree and Jack Nelson Murphree, both of Fulton; and one sister, Nellie Ree Murphree Reeves of Birmingham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nettie Eva Chamblee Baxter and Lily Murphree Mays; six brothers, Dillard, Elvis Dewel, Hillard Stonewall, Coyle W., Delmer ‘York,’ and Ellie Hue Murphree; and one grandson, Quinton Allen Murphree.
Pallbearers will be Robert Murphree, Joel Murphree, Clifford Murphree, Noel Allen, Martin Allen, Chris Allen, Adam Allen, Mark Mayhall, John Messer, Stewart Weaver and Brad Witt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

Almos ‘Al’ Young
CORINTH – Almos ‘Al’ Young, 85, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Whitfield Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be anounced later by McPeters Funeral Directors in Corinth.

Edna Pearl Harbor
ATLANTA, Ga. – Edna Pearl Harbor, formerly of Tupelo and Birmingham, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Heritage Health Care Center in Lilburn, Ga. after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues.
Edith H. Jones
TUPELO – Edith Hamilton Jones, 85, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born in Meridian on July 17, l924, to William Earl Hamilton Sr. and Arlene McElroy Hamilton. She grew up in Meridian and was educated in the public schools there. She owned and operated the Memory Shoppe Antique Store. She and her late husband, Harold R. Jones, lived many years in Houston, Miss. where they raised their family and were owner/operators of Houston Insurance Company. After his death in l974, she ran the business, owned her own antique business and operated Creative Hobbies where she taught knitting and crocheting classes. She moved to Tupelo 24 years ago. A lifelong United Methodist, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston where she taught Sunday school and was active in youth programs with her children. In Tupelo, she was a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a member of the Fellowship Sunday School class. She was a voracious bridge player and a life master. She loved her antiques, having a booth at Red Door Antiques in Tupelo until recently. She was a pleasant, virtuous woman who revered her family, her church and her civic responsibilities.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Rooney and Rev. Don McCain officiating. A committal service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Houston Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Michael Jones of Sheffield, Ala., Pat Jones (Bobbye) of Olive Branch, Kenny Jones (Deborah) of Germantown, Jill Jones Beggs (John) and Julie Jones Bailey (Jeff), both of Tupelo; nine grandchildren: Christi Adams (Nick), Morgan Jones, Patrick Jones, Brandon Jones, Madison Jones, Blakely Beggs, Turner Beggs, Lindsey Bailey and Alex Bailey; and one great-granddaughter, Reagan Adams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold in l974; her twin sister, Elaine Hamilton; and a brother, William Earl Hamilton Jr.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers will be her Bridge Club Partners and the Fellowship Sunday School Class at Wesley United Methodist
Visitation will be from noon until service time at the Tupelo Chapel.

Mark Wren Brown
SMITHVILLE – Mark Wren Brown, 45, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home after a sudden illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born March 23, 1964, to Jessie W. Brown and Barbara Davis Sanderson. He was a former employee of Palmer’s Body of which he enjoyed. He also worked as a millwright for JESCO. He was Methodist and enjoyed riding his motorcycle and fishing.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Sanderson (James) of Smithville; his father, Jessie W. Brown of Bigbee; his grandmother, Epell Brown of the Carolina Community; one daughter, Jessica Kimbrell (Alan) of Berry, Ala.; three brothers, Mitch Brown (Anita) of Brewer, Matt Brown of Smithville, and Michael Sanderson (Melinda) of Smithville; and two grandchildren, Emily Beth Kimbrell and Colie Wren Kimbrell.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Woodrow and Reba Davis and Marshall Brown; and by his stepmother, Mildred Brown.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Brown, Matt Brown, Brock Brown, Michael Sanderson, Turner Sanderson, Nicholas Sanderson and Allen Kimbrell.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home in Smithville.

Betty Strickland Woods
EUPORA – Betty Strickland Woods, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Graceland in Grenada.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Harold Kellum
GUNTOWN – John Harold Kellum, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was a lifelong resident of Guntown. He was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ. He was a retired employee of the US Department of Agriculture with 26 years of service. He was also a retired farmer and cattleman. He was a US Navy Veteran of WWII.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Minster Tim Childs officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Catherine Barnes Kellum of Guntown; two nephews, George Russell Kellum (Carol), of Auburn Community and John Thomas Kellum (Carol) of Kenosha Wis.; and three nieces, Mary Nell Sauls (Dick) of Kenosha. Wis., Olivia Kellum Gulbrandsen (Arne)of Racine, Wis. and Barbara B. Stephen (Ed) of Mt Airy, MD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Delma Long Kellum; and his brother, Russell Kellum.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Herring, Jimmy Dillinger, Dr. Ken Kellum, Dr. Tom Kellum and Jack Kellum.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday.
Memorials may be made to Pine Dale Children’s Home in Corinth.

Ida Morine Ryan
BALDWYN – Ida Morine Ryan 77, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker and enjoyed listening to gospel music and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Parkers Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parkers Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Duffie (Darrell) of Saltillo and Joyce Lewis of Tupelo; two sons, Phillip Ryan (Lynn) of Baldwyn and Paul Ryan (Judy) of Dorsey; brothers, Raymond Hill and Herlon Hill (Ann) of Baldwyn; sister, Letha Dixon of Memphis; grandchildren, Casey Bonds Ryan, Matthew Duffie, Holli Duffie, Dewayne Lewis, Lee Ann Hendrix, Tina Ryan, PJ Ryan, Bridgett Ryan, Brittney Ryan and Brandy Ryan; great-grandchildren, Adrian Lewis, Julie Hendrix, Austin Ryan and Brittney Ryan; and special friends, Emma Jean Scott and Jessica Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Lavern Ryan; her parents, Lee and Minnie Thompson Hill; and her sister, Ernell Devaughn.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Duffie, Matthew Duffie, Dewayne Lewis, Joesph Hendrix, Jerry Roberts and Michael Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.

Alice Suttle
TUPELO – Alice Florence Suttle, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Nettleton after an extended illness. She was born in New Orleans on Oct. 19, l917, to John Gunn Suttle and Ada Badger Suttle. She graduated from Tupelo High School in l935, and began a 30-plus-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Company as an operator. She resided on Blair Street in Tupelo most of her life. After retirement, she spent many years taking care of her mother until her death. She loved animals, especially her dog, Peppy. She was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and watching TV.
A prayer service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tupelo Room Chapel at Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jordan Davis officiating. A private burial followed in the Suttle Family Plot at Glenwood Cemetery in Tupelo.
She is survived by her sister, Sylvia Epperly and her husband, Howard of Tupelo; her caregiver, with which she lived, Betty Cayson of Nettleton; her niece, Jennie Cleveland (Tony) of Fairview; her nephew, Mark Epperly of Oliver Springs, Tenn.; great-nieces and nephews, Daniel and Brandon Epperly and Rebecca, Elizabeth, Rachel and Sarah (Craig) Fowler; A great-great nephew, Logan Fowler; and a special longtime friend and neighbor, Hazel Kenny of Tupelo.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Miss Suttle to the Lee County Library, 219 North Madison, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P. O. Box 185, Tupelo, MS. 38802.

Marie Burleson
SHANNON – Marie Burleson, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues.

Olean Ferrell
OXFORD – Olean Ferrell, 97, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Edna Thompson
OXFORD – Edna Thompson, 99, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
Laverne Hill
AMORY – Laverne Brasfield Hill, 90, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after an extended illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Dec. 20, 1919, in Smithville to Joseph Arthur and Ora B. Ausbon Brasfield. She married Robert Hamilton Hill in 1942; he died in Dec. of 2003. She was a charter member of the North Boulevard Christian Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and gardening. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robb Lentz, Bro. Buzz Wilkinson and Bro. Ferman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Dwight Hill (Sweetie) of Amory and Joseph Richard “Dicky” Hill (Judy) of Collierville; one daughter, Susan Hill Lentz (David) of Collierville; three grandchildren, Karen Barrett (Wes), John Hill (Tracy), and Robb Lentz (Ashley); and nine great-grandchildren, John Wesley, Rachel, Luke, Adam, and Lauren Barrett, Daniel and Davan Lentz, and Jacob and Christian Hill.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd, Melvin, and Casper Brasfield; four sisters, Fleta Shumpert, Flonnie Gilmore, Mellie Stevens, and Jewel Nash; her parents; and her husband.
Pallbearers will be John Hill, Wesley Barrett, Wayne Howell, James Allen Hill, John Wesley Barrett, Jackie Palmer, and Luke Barrett.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Carlson and J.T. Thornton.
Visitation will be at 1:30 until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the North Boulevard Christian Church, P.O. Box 472, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch, 8782 Old Hwy 80, Lake, MS 39092.

Harold Brown
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Harold Ray Brown, 71, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. A native of Lamar County, he was born July 12, 1938, to Wiley Monroe and Ettie Idell Stephenson Brown. He lived in Jasper, Ala., Winter Haven, FL as well as other places in Florida, and in Greenwood Springs for 35 years. He married Vaster Noble in 1956, who survives. He was a musician and enjoyed his music and watching western movies. He attended the Detroit Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister David Highland officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Detroit, Ala.
Survivors include three sons, Lonnie Ray Brown, Darryl Vince Brown and Christopher Dale Brown all of Greenwood Springs; one daughter, Debbie Lorraine Brown of Columbus; one brother, Ronald Brown of Mobile; two sisters, Delores Fay Windham and Jackie Martha Tubbs, both of Greenwood Springs; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert Doyle Brown.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lucy Arnold
BOONEVILLE – Lucy Dale Jones Arnold, 62, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn. She was a retired nurse. She was a member of Booneville First Free Will Baptist Church, Thrasher Red Hats Society, Civitans, and the Mississippi Nursing Association.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Whitley, Jr. and Bro. Benny McKinney officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Billy J. Arnold; two daughters, Amy Jo Arnold Murrell (Mitch) of Maryville, Tenn. and Lisa Gibson Whitehead of Booneville; two sons, Mark Alan Arnold and Matthew Clinton Arnold, both of Booneville; one sister, Neva Jones Bennett of Booneville; one brother, Roy Wade Jones of Booneville; and five grandchildren, Christian Kennedy, Matthew Horton, Joseph David-Riley Kennedy, Channing Jordan Arnold, and Jennifer Rose Whitehead.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Prentiss Clinton and Nell Lambert Jones; three sisters, Ona Sue Jones Hunkapiller, Harmie Nell Jones and Martha Gwen Jones; and two brothers, Prentiss Warren (PJ) Jones and Tony Carol Jones.
Pallbearers will be Brad Holley, Wayne Robinson, Ralph Stallings, Carl Bullard, Billie Joe Garvin, Brad DeVaughn, Thomas Shelley, B.R. Jones, Michael Matthews and Billy Tigrett.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Monday.

Willie Elton Marshall
VARDAMAN – Willie Elton Marshall, 86, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Chickasaw County.

Jessie Brown
OXFORD – Jessie Brown, 71, previously of Taylor, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Jerry House
IUKA – Jerry House died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Tishomingo Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Junior Holcomb
PONTOTOC – Junior Holcomb, 80, died Friday, Jan. 1 2010, at his home. He was a retired Baptist Minister and a loving husband, father and brother. He was a special friend to the late Sam McGloflin and family. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Winston Ross and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial will be in Furrs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Vera Holcomb; one son, Mark Holcomb and his fiance, Patty Washington; one brother, Bro. Joe Holcomb (Lorene); several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Elford Holcomb Sr. and Omie Shempert Holcomb; and two brothers, David Holcomb and Jerry Lynn Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be Brad Bridgeman, Chet Morris, Michael Roberts, Glenn B. Washington, Sammy McGloflin and Jimmy McGloflin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tim Holcomb and Joey Holcomb.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Margie Wooderd
PONTOTOC – Margie R. Wooderd, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A former native of Chickasaw County, she was the daughter of Charlie Darden and Viola Pulliam. She was a member of Clark’s Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Clark’s Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Willie B. Lusk and Arthur Lee Lusk, both of Pontotoc; one daughter, Mattie Harris of Racine, Wis.; one brother, Ambrosia Darden of Toledo, Ohio; and three sisters, Chadty Johnson, Ida Armstrong,both of Calhoun City, and Addie Vance of Houlka.

William Douglas Smith
CORINTH – William Douglas Smith, 74, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military honors.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Kieran Marshad
‘Boop’ Garner

NEW ALBANY – Kieran Marshad ‘Boop’ Garner, 8, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born Sept. 24, 2001, to William Garner Jr. and Mia Elliott Garner in New Albany. He was a student at New Albany Elementary School.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at United House of Prayer with the Rev. Patrick Washington officiating. Burial will be in Palestine M.B. Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; five brothers and sisters, Tainarien (Tay) Elliot, Tremell Kimmons, Mercedes Garner, Shaquille Garner, all of New Albany, and Kalen Elliot of Tyndall AFB in Panama City; his grandparents, William and Lynnie Garner of Myrtle and Levonia Elliot of New Albany; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eddie B. Elliot.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Fannie Mae Turner
TUPELO – Fannie Mae Turner, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Cedar’s Health Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Porter’s Mortuary.

Alvin Smith
OXFORD – Alvin Smith, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Terry Wayne Williams
PONTOTOC – Terry Wayne Williams, 51, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Hamilton.

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