Obituaries Jan. 8, 2010

Rozelle Vance Pittman
GRENADA – Rozelle Vance Pittman, 88, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Rozelle was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Mathiston to Lewis and Minnie Bell Norwood Vance. Growing up in Mathiston, she attended school there and graduated from Wood College. In October 1944, she married her first husband, O.L. Waits. They were the parents of two daughters, Linda and Sharon. After the death of Mr. Waits in 1958, she began working for Farmers Home Administration in Eupora. Two years later, the widowed Mrs. Waits married Douglas Pittman of Cadaretta. She continued to work for FHA in Webster and Calhoun counties before moving to the Grenada office in September 1978. That year she was promoted from county office assistant to district loan technician. Her work encompassed a seven-county area. She was listed in the 1978 edition of Personalities of the South. In 1981 she was appointed Federal Women’s Program Manager for FHA in the state of Mississippi. She retired from Farmers Home Administration in January of 1984.
As long as her health permitted, she was an active member of First Baptist Church in Grenada. She was also a charter member of Grenada BPW and a member of the Grenada Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Rozelle is survived by her daughters, Linda W. Allen (Clayton) of Eupora, Sharon W. Hays (Dale) of Calhoun City, and a son, Alfred Pittman (Fran) of Cadaretta. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Greg Miller (Lanna), Allison Calhoun (Taylor), Holly Cook (Chad), Matt Hays (Carrie), Maci Flautt (Graham), Elizabeth Pittman and Craig Pittman; and five great-grandchildren, Maggie and Whitten Miller, Miller Calhoun, Kinsley Cook and Lily Brooks Flautt.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Pittman; her parents; and brothers, Lewis Vance Jr., Irvin Vance and Wyatt Vance.
Her family wishes to thank her caretakers, Sharon Sprayberry of Duck Hill, the staff of Grenada Graceland North, Calhoun City Nursing Home and North Mississippi Medical LTC in Eupora.
Visitation will be at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora today, Jan. 8, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Webster County.
Pallbearers will be Greg Miller, Taylor Calhoun, Matt Hays, Chad Cook, Craig Pittman, Ken Vance and Larry Vance.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Georgia Weaver
ST. LOUIS – Georgia Mae Baker Weaver died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at St. Anthony Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 2, 1932, in Shannon to Lonnie and Nancy Baker. She was a graduate of Shannon High School. At a young age she joined Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon. After moving to St. Louis, she joined Believers Chapel Bible Church, where she served on the Mother Board. She was a former singer with the national gospel recording artist Rosetta Tharpe Singers. She moved to St. Louis in the 1950′s and worked as a certified teacher assistant for the St. Louis Public School System. She was devoted to her family and her work and had a genuine love for children. She could always be counted on to bring smiles and happiness to those whose lives she touched.
Burial will be Saturday at Fields Cemetery in Shannon. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Joseph Weaver Jr., Nancy (Hampton) Mayson, Joyce Weaver, Sandra (Paul) Richardson and Rena Weaver; two sisters, Mildred (Willie) Goree and Myrtle (Lloyd) Lockett; two brothers, Muriel (Collen) Baker and Julius (Eloise) Baker; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Victor Weaver; her parents; two sisters, Lonnie Mae and Annie; and one brother Hazel.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The family hour will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-porters.com.
Alice M. Clouse
MANTACHIE – Alice Marie Clouse, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. A native of Browntown, Wis., she was born May 24, 1935, to John and Gladys Landon Svendsen. She was a longtime resident of Mantachie and retired from Mantachie Manufacturing. She was married to James Hamilton Clouse, who died April 21, 2008. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed playing games online at pogo.com., gardening and feeding her hummingbirds.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Dalton Brown and Rev. Danny Rushing officiating. Her daughter, Carol Clarke, will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Clarke and husband, Jeffery Alan, of Halifax, England, and Tammie Sansone of Milford, Dela.; three grandsons, Shane Honan (Catherine) of Fayetteville, N.C., Cory Burrington and Zackery Hamm, both of Milford, Dela.; one great-grandson, Lucas Honan; one great-granddaughter, Sarah Honan; two sisters, Audrey Segner of Monroe, Wis., and Doris Brabender (Clem) of Gurnee, Ill.; and one brother, Don Svendsen of Browntown, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 30 years, James Clouse; three brothers, John Svendsen, Wesley Svendsen and Victor Svendsen; two sisters, Betty Svendsen and Elsie McGath; an infant son, Michael Burrington; and three grandchildren, Eric Sansone, Steven Steffan and Megan Burrington.
Pallbearers will be Shane Honan, Cory Burrington, Zachery Hamm, Terry Duckworth, David Clouse and Bart Hickman.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jay Frazier
NEW ALBANY – William Albert “Jay” Frazier, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at the Union County Health and Rehab. He was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Lee County to Henry Luther Frazier and Willie Little Frazier. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal. He worked for Coker’s Welding Shop and Gibson’s. He enjoyed fishing and working in his garden. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his caregiver and niece, Mary Sue Davis of New Albany, his sister-in-law, Carol Frazier of California; and several nieces and nephews.
The American Legion will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
In honor of Jay Frazier, United Funeral Service will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.

Mark Sampson Jr.
CORINTH – Mark M. Sampson Jr., 48, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Manie Hill
NETTLETON – Manie Aslean Sartin Hill, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Oak Tree Plantation. She was born April 15, 1913, in Red Bay, Ala., to John and Josie Stacy Sartin. She married the Rev. George H. Hill in 1933; he died in 1999. Along with her husband, they pastored churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. She was a member of the Nettleton Pentecostal Church and an honorary minister of the United Pentecostal Church International. She was the oldest member of the United Pentecostal Church in the Mississippi District and the fourth oldest in the United Pentecostal Church International. She enjoyed her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nettleton Pentecostal Church. The Rev. Bob McCool, the Rev. David Tipton, the Rev. R.P. Kloepper and the Rev. Dewayne Kirk officiating. Entombment will be in the Lee Memorial Mausoleum. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Coy Hill (Margie) of Amory and Larry Hill (Bonnie) of Fulton; one daughter, Debbie Davis (Larry) of Nettleton; nine grandchildren, Sha Burnett, Pat Blaylock, Andrea Blaylock, Dale Hill, Cindy Hicks, Larry Hill II, Cassandra Lee, Jordan Davis and Miranda Conn; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one son, Bobby N. Hill.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday at the church.

Frank Allen
WEST POINT – Franklin “Frank” Allen, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born March 21, 1938, in Monticello to Margaret Davis Allen and R.D. Allen. He was a retired shipping superintendant for Bryan Foods. He was an active member of Lone Oak Baptist Church, where he served as church treasurer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956-1960. He married Mavis Arney Allen on June 11, 1960 in Craig Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Bro. Jerry Allen will officiate, and Bro. Roger Franks and Bro. Harvey Copeland will assist. Burial will follow in Craig Springs Cemetery in Oktibbeha County.
Survivors include his wife, Mavis Arney Allen; two daughters, Malinda Buttrey (Orv) of West Point and Angie Estes (Tim) of Cedar Bluff; two sons, Randell Allen and Ronnie Allen, both of Cedar Bluff; 13 grandchildren, Teri, Stacy, Justin, Bradley, Megan, Kayla, Kandace, Caitlyn, Colton, Stephen, Dakota, Taylor and Danielle; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Kendal, Alexis, Emily and Caylon: five sisters, Elizabeth Morton of Buena Vista, Calif., Florene Coleman (William) of Sturgis, and Louise Twigg, Marlene Woods and Martha Cook, all of West Point; two brothers, Thomas Calvin Allen (Karen) and Roger Bert Allen (Gracie) of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and Jewel Mickler, Merle Foreman, Robert Lee Allen, R.D. Allen Jr. and Phillip Allen.
Pallbearers will be Justin Estes, Kurt Pinnex, Richard Davis, Bradley Allen, Devin Davis, Dale Brand, Billy Houlk and Lance Terry. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas E. Allen and his church family at Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Jim Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Jim Robinson, 58, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He enjoyed playing cards and dominos at the pool hall with his friends, taking frequent trips to Tunica, and playing with his kids.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Robinson; one daughter, Kassey Robinson; three sons, Chad (Diane) Robinson, Luke Robinson and Jessie Lee Robinson, all of Booneville; one grandson, Dustin Robinson of Burnsville; and four sisters and four brothers.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Tommy Mauldin
TUPELO – Tommy Mauldin, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
William Helm Jr.
BRUCE – William Henry Helm Jr., 84, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Bruce. He was born on June 13, 1925, in Coffeeville to William H. Helm Sr, and Lucille Franklin Helm. He was a member of Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce, where he was a deacon, chairman of the deacon board and adult Sunday school teacher. He was a veteran of World War II with the rank TEC 5. He was president of the NAACP; a Boy Scout leader; an alderman for the City of Bruce City; a member of the school board; Worshipful Master of St. Luke Lodge 37B; and district Worshipful Master. He was a self-employed truck driver. He worked for Weyerhaeuser in Bruce, where he retired. On March 14, 1948, he married Bernice Carr Helm. They had four children.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Thomas Tillman officiating. Burial will be in Pittsboro Community Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Janice (Roosevelt) Taylor of Charleston, Cassandra (Ricky) Fisher of Decatur, Ga., and Wanda (Kevin) Byrd of Bruce; one son, Michael (Velma) Helm of Oxford; a daughter, Emma Porter (Clarence) of Alachua, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one niece, Yvonne Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice Franklin Helm; three brothers, one sister, one grandson and one nephew.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Meter McGhee
OLIVE BRANCH – Meter Rivers Curry McGhee, 48, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Byhalia. She was formerly of Waterford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John M.B. Church in Memphis. Burial will be in Wilkins Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Lawrence Delbridge
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lawrence Edward Delbridge, 51, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Charity Hill Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Vera Young
CORINTH – Vera Mae Talley Young, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Country Cottage Assisted Living. She was born Nov. 23, 1917. She was a retired sales associate for J.C. Penney with many years of service. She was a member of Tate Baptist Church for 70 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Bro. Mickey Trammell, Bro. James Lewis and Bro. Greg Warnock will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh C.P. Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Sue Young Hale of Corinth and Betty Young Counce and husband, Bobby, of Peoria, Ill.; five grandchildren, Dr. Gregory and Melissa Hale, Kathy and Bill Shaffer, Kristie and Anthony Bumpas, Robert Young Counce and Jonathan William Counce; seven great-grandchildren, Blake Hale, Reid Hale, Anna Lauren Hale, Colby Hale, Blaine Greer, Ginna Kate Bumpas, Bella Grace Bumpas; a brother, Wayne Talley of Portage, Ind.; a sister, Loree Fare of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Johnnie Talley of Corinth and Brenda Talley of Portage, Ind.; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John Calvin Young; her father, Ronnell Talley; her mother, Annie Mills Talley; brothers, Darrell Talley, Royce Talley, Orval Talley and Erby Talley; a brother-in-law, Elbert Fare; and a sister-in-law, Ina Talley.
Pallbearers will be Scott Talley, Eric Talley, J.T. Fare, James Wade Fare, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Joe Lawson, Doug Durm, Herbie C. Key, Richard Tenhet, Dennis Shirley and Bobby Privett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Mary Outlaw
TUPELO – Mary Ella Doss Outlaw, 52, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
Ralph Graham Jr.
PLANTERSVILLE – James Ralph Graham Jr., 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. He was born on Jan. 8, 1939, in Lee County to James Ralph Graham Sr. and Lota Corrine Allred Graham. A lifelong resident of the Plantersville area, he was employed with MTD for 43 years. He was a Pentecostal. He was a 3rd degree Mason and served his country in the 658th Supply Company of the Army Reserve. He was a musical artist, composer and singer of gospel music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Hill, the Rev. Dale Whitlock and the Rev. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will follow in the Graham Family Plot at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, south of Plantersville.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Evans Graham of Plantersville; one daughter, Lisa Campbell of Nettleton; one son, Matthew “Matt” Graham (Shannon) of Golden; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Michael, Colby, Lane, Samuel, Ashley, Devin and Lindsey; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Janice Graham of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Mike Graham on July 18, 2006, and Jim Graham on Nov. 19, 2008; and two brothers, Byron Graham and Leland Graham.
Pallbearers are Tim Graham, Wesley Graham, Ken Graham, Colby Bickerstaff, Billy Kennedy and Carroll Pettigrew. Honorary pallbearer will be Dexter Ruff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at funeral home.

Lois McCoy
TUPELO – Lois McCoy died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 2, 1940, in Guntown to Jesse Henry and Malvoelar McCoy. She was a member of Lane Chapel CME Church and a former member of Bethel CME Church in Guntown. Known as “Ms. Lois” and “Aunt Lois,” she loved to cook, fish, play card, laugh and tell jokes. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lane Chapel CME Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Penson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Robert McCoy of Albany, Ga., and Mitchell (Lucy) Ware of Tupelo; three daughters, Patricia (Chester) Layne, Sandra McCoy and Teressa Ware, all of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Cecil (Louise) McCoy, her twin brother, Robert (Betty) McCoy and Bobby (Jean) McCoy of Chicago; four sisters, Annie Helen Simmons, Mary Brooks, Mary Brunson and Mary McCoy two sister-in-laws, Gwen McCoy and Roberta McCoy; a special friend, Roy Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jacqueline Ware; five brothers, William McCoy, Jeff McCoy, James McCoy, Jesse Henry McCoy Jr. and J.W. McCoy; and one sister-in-law, Louise McCoy.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Eva Tesseneer
BELMONT – Eva Tesseneer, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Rachel McGee
OXFORD – Rachel Bar McGee, 97, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mattie B. Morgan
ASHLAND – Mattie B. Morgan, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at her home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Roddrick Isom
HOLLY SPRINGS – Roddrick Leelton Isom, 9, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2010, on Hwy. 7 in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Hernando Road Church of Christ Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Saturday.

Loyce Luna
RIPLEY – Loyce Luna, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Joetta Patterson
CORINTH – Joetta Patterson, 51, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Minnie Vaughn
OXFORD – Minnie Vaughn, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home.

Austin B. Davis
MANTACHIE – Austin B. Davis, 29, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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