Obituaries January 19, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

John Dye
SAN FRANCISCO – John passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at his home in San Francisco, Calif., from a heart-related illness. Known to many as Andrew of “Touched By an Angel” and Amory’s son, John was 47.
Attending elementary school in Amory and junior high in Cleveland, Tenn., where his first stage role was “Sound of Music,” John was a graduate of Tupelo High School, where he continued performing in such productions as “Sugar,” “South Pacific” and “Brigadoon.” He attended Mississippi State University, majoring in pre-law, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. While at MSU, John was asked to perform in a one-act play and was chosen Best Actor on the MSU campus.
Changing his plans from law to theatre, John attended the University of Memphis and graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Relocating to Los Angeles, Calif., he began his career in film and television.
Fans remember his roles in “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Best of the Best,” but primarily as Doc Hock in “Tour of Duty” and Andrew in “Touched By An Angel.”
John was honored as the University of Memphis Outstanding Young Alumni in 1999. He emceed the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., and was active in such charities as Make-A-Wish and Sharon Glaser’s Pediatric Aids Association. John was politically concerned and supportive.
He is survived by his parents; two brothers, James David “Jamey” and wife, Marlene, and children, Jack Christopher, John David and Maya Dye of Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn., and Jerre Duvall Dye of Memphis; his maternal grandmother, Irene “Gagee” Duvall of Tupelo; and a lifelong friend, Karren Baker of San Francisco, Calif. John was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Carroll M. Dye of Aberdeen and J.L. “Jack” Duvall of Amory, and a brother, Glynn Dye.
Funeral services for John Carroll Dye, son of Jim and Lynn Dye of Amory, will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. in St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Griffith, Ray Jones, Dr. Dick Holman, Sheldon Green, Adam McLaughlin, David Webb and Dr. Jim Rimer. Honorary pallbearers will be “Voices of the South” cast members and “Touched By An Angel” cast and crew.
The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the Dye family suggests memorials to Amory Food Pantry, 123 S. Main, Amory, MS 38821, or the Youth Program at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1123 Veterans Legion Drive, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements for the Dye family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Ruby McCullough
LILBURN, Ga. – Ruby Murline McCullough, 79, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Eastside Heritage Hospice in Snellville, Ga. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Steens to Roy and Daisy Hearon. She lived in Tupelo most of her life. She worked as a seamstress for Lanier Clothing for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dowdle Funeral Home in Millport. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Millport.
Survivors include her son, Charles “Chuck” McCullough and wife, Terri; two grandchildren, Cody and Lacey; and one sister, Ruth Montgomery.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Charles McCullough Sr.; and her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Clyde Higgason
BOONEVILLE – Clyde R. Higgason, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Bobby McCord
OXFORD – Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Quitman O. “Bobby” McCord, 78, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, Mr. McCord was a retired mail carrier with the United States Postal Service. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former member of Non-Commissioned Officers Association.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie McCord of Oxford; his daughter, Linda Hollowell and husband, Rex, of Oxford; his son, Ronald McCord and wife, Tonya, of Wiggins; two sisters, Dianne Morris of Clarksdale and Marion Hanson of Mt. Grove, Mo.; one brother, Donald McCord of Oxford; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134.
In honor of Mr. McCord’s service to his country, the flag of the U.S. Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
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Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.

Marilyn Roberts
NEW ALBANY – Marilyn Jumper Roberts, 91, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. She was born June 26, 1919, in Union County to John Allen Jumper and Mary Anna Taylor Jumper. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Ingomar Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Pound and the Rev. Gary Linville officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Dellyn Roberts Kidd (Barry) of New Albany; three sons, Roy Allen Roberts (Susan) and Ronny Roberts (Linda), both of New Albany, and Phil Roberts (Bari Lee) of Ecru; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Elmer Norris “Red” Roberts; four sisters, Myrtle Owen, Nora Lee Lanphere, Oveta Mays and Eula Mae Caldwell; and a brother, Jimmy Jumper.
Pallbearers will be Jon Roberts, Joe Dan Roberts, Justin Roberts, Clay Kidd, Brandon Edwards and Slate Collier.
Memorials may be made to the Ingomar Baptist Church Building Fund, 1112 CR 90, New Albany, MS 38652.
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Jessie Bennem
VICTORIA – Jessie Lenora Bennem, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Newell M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. today.

Jerome Dobbs
ABERDEEN – Jerome Dobbs, 49, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Feb. 17, 1961, to L.C. Dobbs and Christine Acker Dobbs. He was a member of Carter’s Chapel Holiness Church. He attended Hatley High School. He was a super fan of football and basketball. He loved his family and always made them laugh with his jokes. He loved western movies, preaching and hunting, and his dog, Bigfoot.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Smith Chapel Holiness Church. Burial will follow at Burns Memorial Garden Cemetery of Aberdeen. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Christine Dobbs of Aberdeen; one son, Phillip Dobbs of Aberdeen; four brothers, Donnie Ray (Barbara Ann) Dobbs and Calvin Dobbs, both of Amory, and Alvin Dobbs and Melvin Dobbs, both of Aberdeen; six sisters, Lucy Keys of Amory, Linda (R.C.) Brown of Aberdeen, Ruthie (Dale) Barr of Okolona, Julia (Mac) Terrell of Nettleton, Irene (Victor) Avant of Pheba and Brenda (Michael) Cummings of Fulton; four aunts, Vera Clark of Amory, Authur Mae Finnie of Louisiana, Mary Acker of Aberdeen and Ocilia Gilleylen of Kalamazoo; three uncles, Bernice Dobbs of Aberdeen, Dred Acker of Plantersville and Alfred Acker of Amory; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by three daughters, LaToya, Marquita and Kimberly Dobbs; two sisters, Earlihne Dobbs and Lizzie Mae White; and one brother, Lee Andrew Dobbs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Opal Butler
WALNUT – Opal Butler, 82, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Bro. Travis Shea, Trent Nethery and Eric Hopper officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jerrel Butler (Mary) of Houston; three daughters, Jane Grimes of Walnut, Judy Montgomery (Buster) of Walnut and Joy Ray of Tiplersville; one sister, Frances (Floy) Parker of Corinth; eight grandchildren, Eric Hopper (Shannon), Karyn Hopper Vick (Steven), Jonathan Montgomery (Cara), Joshua Montgomery (fiancée, Abbey Tabita), Danielle Palmer (Nile), Stacy Butler, Michelle Butler and Katherine Hatchett (Brian); and nine great-grandchildren, Ethan Montgomery, Ava, Alyssa and Adrian Palmer, Shaden and Brock Reesor, and Aeris, Annalise and Elijah Hatchett.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Hattie Gay Wilbanks; her husband, Elbert Butler; one son, James Butler; one sister, Beatrice Fiveash; four brothers, Buford Wilbanks, Odis Wilbanks, Clarence Wilbanks and Aaron Wilbanks; and two grandsons, Kevin Hopper and Howard Montgomery.
Pallbearers will be Carl Wilbanks, Glen Fiveash, Ray Parker, Rex Parker, Bud Wilbanks and Sam Kirby.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Parker, Wayne Burrow, Dr. Carl Welch and the staff of Landmark Alzheimers Unit.
Condolences may be made to
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Craig Mink
BALDWYN – Craig Mink, 47, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Dr. Paul C. Ellzey
TUPELO – Dr. Paul C. Ellzey, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Natchez to William Frank Ellzey and Lula Kittie Smith Ellzey. He graduated as valedictorian from New Zion High School in 1939. He attended Copiah Lincoln Junior College and Mississippi State University. He honorably served in the war as a pilot, bombardier and navigator. Upon completing his tour of duty in the military, he remained in the Air Force Reserves and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he completed his education. He received his B.A. in chemistry in 1948 and his medical degree in 1951. He completed a 12-month internship at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in 1952, where he received the highest ratings in a class of 22 interns.
In 1953 he established his medical practice in Booneville and opened the Booneville Medical Clinic. As a family practitioner for 44 years, he deeply cared for his patients, their family members and his clinic staff. Dr. Ellzey held every office in the local medical society and was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society, Mississippi State Medical Society and American Medical Association. He served as the medical director of Longwood Manor in Booneville for three years.
He was devoted to the Booneville community through his involvement in his church, the educational systems and civic organizations. He was a charter member of the Booneville Jaycees and past president of the Prentiss County Power Association. He passionately supported the Booneville High School football and basketball teams, providing free physicals and serving as a team medical doctor.
Dr. Ellzey retired from his medical practice in 1997 at the age of 76 and moved to Tupelo with his wife, Dena, where they were members of the First United Methodist Church. Through his church, he served as the team doctor on two mission trips to Mexico, and he volunteered at the Tupelo Free Clinic. He was an avid golfer and loyal Mississippi State alumnus.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include three daughters, Paula E. Peterson of Olive Branch, Elta E. Brunet (Darwin) of Tupelo and Marla E. McCarthy (Eddie) of Tupelo; two sons, Michael Ellzey of Olive Branch and Rex Ellzey (Stephanie) of Edmond, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Heather White of Houston, Texas, Natalie Brunet Mohrman (Kennett) of Daytona Beach, Fla., Deanna Peterson Perkins (Roger) of Loveland, Colo., Joel Peterson of Olive Branch, Kayla Turner and Mary Turner of Tupelo, Robert Ellzey and Zach Ellzey of Edmond, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Paul Dean and Jordyn Alexandra Perkins; one sister, Mabel Bass of Prentiss; his caregivers for four years, Glenda Hatcher, Charlene Dillard, Freddie Hickman, Tina Bell and Thomas Hendrick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dena; and his two brothers, Kerman and Lyman Ellzey.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Sandra Morgan
BRUCE – Sandra Turner Morgan, 53, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born Jan. 13, 1958, in Bruce. She was a probation parole officer and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne and Bro. Will Turner will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Bruce.
Survivors include one daughter, Deidra Hardin Thrasher and husband, Steven, of Bruce; one son, T.J. Morgan Jr. of Bruce; her mother, Wilma Clark Turner of Bruce; four sisters, Jean (Joe) Pullen of Water Valley, Kathy (Glenn) Doss of Starkville, Debbie (Jerry) Dunn and Wendy (Larry) Moore, both of Bruce; three brothers, Randy (Carla) Turner, Mary Turner and Scott (Frances) Turner, all of Bruce; and one grandson, Hardin Rhys Thrasher.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Thora Turner.
Pallbearers will be Billy Jack Doss, Colt Doss, Phoenix Doss, Will Turner, Dalton Turner, Turner Moore and Tiner Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Don Hardin, Tony Morgan, Trent Edmondson, Cody Edmondson, Brennan Pugh, Grady Nabors and Harley Morgan Nabors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at

Everlena Davis
RENO, Nev. – Everlena Beard Davis, 95, formerly of Ashland, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Regent Care Center of Reno in Reno, Nev.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at South Ashland Church of Christ in Ashland. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Thursday.

Frank Scruggs
HOLLY SPRINGS – Frank “Junior” Scruggs, 55, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. today.

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