Obituaries January 21, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nadine Lantrip
WOODLAND – On Jan. 18, 2011, after a long battle with Parkinson Disease, Nadine Martin Lantrip went home to be with her Lord and Saviour. She was born on Dec. 18, 1922, in Chickasaw County to Odie Mitchell Martin and Tessie Mae Vaughn Martin.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress and master gardener.
She was a Christian and deeply loved Amity Baptist Church, where she was a member all her adult life. She served as both church secretary and adult Sunday School teacher for numerous years. One of her greatest joys in life was filling the church sanctuary for Sunday service with flowers from her garden.
She retired from Woodland School. During her employment there she touched the lives of many children. She belonged to the Eastern Star and was a founding member of the Sparta Homemaker Club.
Services were Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Amity Baptist Church in Woodland with Bro. Sammy McMillen, Bro. Jerry Grammer and Bro. Rusty Pedigo officiating. Burial was in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Eric Gay Lantrip of Woodland, whom she married on Jan. 19, 1941; one son, Danny M. Lantrip (Linda) of Woodland; two daughters, Linda Wade of Martin, Tenn., and Denna Smith (Donny) of Woodland; one sister, Mary Frances Pedigo of El Dorado, Ark.; one brother, Leon Martin (LaQuatia) of Houston; five grandchildren, Randall Forrester (Michiko) of Tokyo, Japan, Danny “Tige” Lantrip of Starkville, LaTessa Blissard (Bill) of Woodland, Beth Roberts (Jason) of Martin, Tenn., and Robbie Smith (Shannon) of Woodland; six great-grandchildren, Rhiannon, Peyton and Hailey Forrester, all of Tokyo, Japan, Addie Roberts of Martin, Tenn., and Kiley and Ashlynn Smith of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Thomas Odie Martin, Bill Martin, Phillip (Sam) Martin and Robert Lee Martin; two sisters, Willie Mae Martin and Nellie Sue Bumpus; and a son-in-law, Fred Wade.
Pallbearers were Tige Lantrip, Robbie Smith, Jason Roberts, Bill Blissard, Jimmy Hudspeth and Barry Dendy.
Memorials may be made to Amity Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Ann Brand, 2596 Hwy. 389, Woodland, MS 39776 or to the Gideons.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Ruby Roden
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Senter Roden, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at home where she lived with her niece and her husband, Jean and Johnny Creel. She was born Sept. 3, 1912, in Booneville to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Lafayette Senter Sr. She was reared in Tupelo and Fulton. In 1937 she married E.O. Roden. After living many places, they chose Booneville as their home town and location of their first radio station.
Mrs. Roden was a faithful member of First Baptist Church for over 60 years where she has served as Sunday school teacher, Bible school leader, choir member, WMU leader, and was an organizer of Joy Makers.
Her special interest has been working with the handicapped, largely because her first child had cerebral palsy. She was on the Board of Directors of the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo and was involved since the early days when the Rehab was meeting in a church basement.
She was honored in 2004 to be selected “Good Citizen of the Year.”
Her favorite time of each day was her quiet time in her prayer room where she read her Bible and prayed. In recent years, she has relied on the many pictures pinned to her wall as her prayer list. She had a great deal of scripture memorized, including the “Sermon on the Mount” and many of the Psalms. Every Tuesday she would spend several hours quoting each verse in order to keep them fresh in her mind.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 21, 2011, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the East Fulton Cemetery. There will be a reception for the family and guests in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church following the service.
The service will be officiated by her nephew, Rev. Joe Senter of Warner Robbin, Ga. The eulogy will be given by her niece, Jean Creel. Prayer will be led by her pastor, Dr. Lynn Jones. The music will consist of hymns played on the marimba by her nephew, Bill Compere of Burleson, Texas, and piano played by Carol Dickerson.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Melody Carr Johnson (Clay), and her great-grandsons, Joshua Maldonado and Casey Presley, all of Booneville; her grandson, Jason Carr of Austin, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Vola Senter of Fulton and Inez Ogg of Okolona; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.O. Roden; two daughters, Nanette Roden and Gaye Roden Carr (Emmett); two granddaughters, Margaret Carr and Rosemary Carr; her parents, Esse Morris Senter and Dr. Richard L. Senter Sr.; two brothers, Alfred Senter (Nellie) and Dick Senter; three sisters, Gladys Jacqueline Senter Compere (Lowery), Mildred Senter Sheffield (Hubert) and Dorothy Senter Bryant (Jack).
Pallbearers will be C.L. Davidson, Marshall Dickerson, David Greenhaw, Clay Johnson, Ray Maldonado and Jackie Smith.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Bill Koonce
A Memorial Service for Bill Koonce, 76, of West Point will be held at The Chapel of Memories on the campus of Mississippi State University on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at 3 p.m. Bill chose the gift of anatomical donation to continue his gratitude for life.
Bill graduated from high school in Tunica in 1953, and was All County in every sport. From Tunica he moved on to MSU to get his degree in business in 1957. Bill was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and those brothers remained friends throughout his life. Bill proudly served in the Army National Guard.
Joys of Bill’s life were many and friends were always first. He was an ace pilot and enjoyed flying all over the country for business and pleasure. When he decided he had enough flying he put all that passion into sailing, first at Pickwick Lake, then on to the Gulf. Bill owned Cole Insurance Agency in Amory.
Bill and Jo Ann were cheerleading partners at MSU in the late 50’s. After separate lives for 30 years, they reunited and married in 1997. They bought a boat and named her “Carried Away.” After eight years of sailing the waters, they decided to retire to West Point to be closer to the Bulldogs.
His grandchildren, Jorge and Cindy Maples, preceded Bill in death.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; his brother and wife, Ellis “June” and Mary Don of Tunica; his sons, Randy and Vicky Maples of Starkville, Greg Maples of Tupelo, and Doug and Valerie Maples of Tupelo; stepchildren, Stacy Strong of Natchez, Darrell and Lisa Daigre of Raleigh, N.C., and Alan and Cindy Daigre of Readyville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Ellis Koonce III of Tunica, Dona Porter of Columbus and Mark Koonce of Cleveland.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Bill Koonce to the MSU General Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, MSU, MS 39762; or to the charity of your choice

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 thw 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 Unites Methodist Church, 1123 Veterans Legion Drive, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements for the Dye family are in the care of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Mairon Pegues
ABBEVILLE – Mairon Lesa Pegues, 45, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at her sister’s home in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Springfield M.B. Church’s Life Center at Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alan Thompson
SALTILLO – Alan Lynn Thompson, 46, formerly of Lamar County, Ala., died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at his residence. He was born Sept. 13, 1964, in Amory to Cooper and Joyce Flynn Thompson. He was a 1982 graduate of Mantachie High School in Mantachie. He previously worked at JESCO Inc. in Tupelo and for the City of Tupelo Public Works Department. He was a firm believer of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and Auburn football.
No services are planned at this time for Mr. Thompson. Interment for his cremated remains will be in Wofford Cemetery in Vernon, Ala. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, David Alan Thompson of Amory; one daughter, Taylor Dee Thompson of Booneville; a special friend, Kim Thompson Boozer of Amory; two uncles, Rolland Flynn of Sulligent, Ala., and Bobby Joe (Selena) Flynn of Heath Springs, S.C.; two aunts, Hazel (Sonnie) Clearman of Vernon, Ala., and Annie Belle Flynn of Sulligent, Ala.; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cooper and Joyce Flynn Thompson.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.

Clyde Higgason
BOONEVILLE – Clyde R. Higgason, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He graduated from French Camp Academy and attended the University of Mississippi. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a 3rd Degree Master Mason and a retired millwright from Armour Meat Packing Plant in Memphis. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rickey Kelley officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by two daughters, Martha Perme of Booneville and Brenda Jones of Memphis; two grandchildren, Tom Perme and Michael Higgason; two great-grandchildren, Calli Rocha and Ian Rocha; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Willie Higgason; his wife, Theda Higgason; one son, James Higgason, five sisters, Carrie Blackwood, Vada Warner, Lois Coyle, Mavis Allen and Ruth McGuire; and one granddaughter, Jeanne Gramling.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Fred Coon
WEST POINT – Franz Frederick “Fred” Coon, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born June 13, 1939, in Edgar County, Ill., to Myrle Young and Howard Hugh Coon. Mr. Coon was a maintenance worker for the Illinois Department of Transportation Mattoon-Storage for 32 years. He moved to West Point in 2006 from Charleston, Ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1959-1961. He married Marilyn Childress Coon on Jan. 17, 1962, in Paris in Edgar County, Ill.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Krabel Funeral Home Chapel in Oakland, Ill., with the Rev. Jesse Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Childress Coon of West Point; one daughter, Lynn Ann Fisher (David) of Aberdeen; one grandson, Daniel Fisher; three sisters, Florence Marland of Richmond, Va., Virginia Greger (Don) of Champaign, Ill., and Barbara Clark (Stu) of Champaign, Ill.; three brothers, Harold Coon (Dolores) of Columbus, Ohio, Paul Coon (Lois) of Oakland, Ill., and Robert Coon (Joyce) of Humboldt, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Amelia Arlene “Amy” Coon; a sister, Martha Tokarchick; and a brother, Charles Robert Coon.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of District 5 at Mattoon Storage; Dr. Arthur Brown; and all the staff at the Mississippi State Veterans Home.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. A visitation with Masonic rites will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, Ill.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Mathews
ABERDEEN – Mildred Rakestraw Mathews, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at her residence in Aberdeen. She was born March 18, 1915, to John Rakestraw and Martha Ada Roberts Rakestraw in Blue Springs. A loving mother, grandmother and wife, she was known to her children as “Goggie.” She lived most of her adult life in Memphis until moving with her daughter, Barbara Shipley Grisham, in Aberdeen. She was a member of Decatur Christian Church of Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Shipley Grisham of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Vicki G. Gregory, Kenneth Lance “Ken” Goodwin and Kimberly G. Johnson and husband, Jeff; eight great-grandchildren, Kristin Heath, Paige Hawkins, Amber Sprather, Lance Goodwin, John Goodwin, Lauren Goodwin, Katie Johnson and Kelsey Johnson; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Kenneth Ward Shipley and E.A. Mathews; a son-in-law, Ray Grisham; and three sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Lance Goodwin, John Goodwin, Jim Brown, Ken Goodwin and Jeff Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur Brown, Dr. Roger Wright and Dexter Jackson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aberdeen First Baptist Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or your favorite charity.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Charlie Hale Jr.
PRAIRIE – Charles Hale Jr., 85, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at his home in the Una community. He was born Nov. 15, 1925, to Charlie Hale Sr. and Mattie Doss Hale. He was a member of Shady Grove Church. A community-minded person, he was known for his outdoor cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church with the Rev. William R. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his companion of 34 years, Gwendolyn, of Prairie; five daughters, Florence “Lucy” Doss of Prairie, Lawanda Ivy of Tupelo, Shelia Ivy of McCondy, Angelia Barr of Starkville and Cpt. Cynthia Stafford (Kenneth) of San Antonio, Texas; four sons, SSG William Barr (Sheena) of Germany, Jeremy (Carolyn) Ivy of Houston, LaPatrick Brownlee of Prairie and Jimmy Dale Townsend (Mary) of Nettleton; one sister, Lula M. King of Houston; one brother, Henry Carr of Houston; 23 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ethylene Bowens
OKOLONA – Ethylene Bowens, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born May 16, 1946, in Nettleton to Essie Bell Morris Clark and the late Joe Willie Clark. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School. She was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church and the Eastern Star Lodge. She was an employee of Day-Brite for 38 years. She enjoyed reading and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hebron M.B. Church in the Egypt community with the Rev. Odell Bowens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John “Bone” Bowens; her mother, Essie Bell Clark of Tupelo; one daughter, Deborah Forston of Okolona; two sons, Gary Shumpert (Beverly) of Houston and Quintin Bowens of Oxford; one sister, Margaret Ambrose of Tupelo; five brothers, Billy Clark (Gladys) of Baldwyn, Author Clark, Larry Clark and Conralph Clark, all of Tupelo, and Chester Hankcock of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, both at the funeral home.

Thomas Cummings
MANTACHIE – Thomas David Cummings, 67, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1943, to Willie Guy and Idola Duvall Cummings. He lived in the Centerville community. He was a retired construction worker and a Mason. He was a member of the Mantachie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing dominoes and traveling, and he loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mantachie United Methodist Church with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Nanney (Van) of Alpharetta, Ga., and Marsha Cummings of Ocean Springs; one sister, Jacqueline Evans of Mantachie; and two grandchildren, Joshua Nanney and Noelle Cummings.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Sue Cummings, on Nov. 2, 2005, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Richard Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Charles King, Glenn King, Hugh Duvall and Bud Duvall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Craig Mink
BALDWYN – Craig Mink, 47, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1963. He was a licensed plumber with R&H plumbing and a Baptist. He loved NASCAR, staying home and hanging out with friends, and spending time with his brother, Gary.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Mink of Baldwyn; his mother, Vivian Miller (D.A.) of Tupelo; his father, Max Mink (Carolyn) of Oxford, Ala.; a sister, Gayla Green of Baldwyn; a brother, Gary Davis (Renee) of Baldwyn; three stepgrandchildren, Branson Underwood, Aubreana Baker and Tyler “Tater” Underwood, all of Mantachie; special friend, Cowen McDaniel; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunt and uncle, and stepsister.
Pallbearers will be Mike Harris, Rocky Palmer, Chuck Dickerson, Lanny Shelton, Blain Davis, Jerry Whitley and Scott Killian.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kelsey Rodger, D.W. Robinson, Brandan Davis and Mike Beard.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Debbie Stevens
TUPELO – Debbie Stevens, 53, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at her home. She was born June 18, 1957, in Sacramento, Calif., to Wardell and Vera Pittman. She graduated from Pillow Academy and Mississippi Delta Junior College of Nursing. She was a longtime employee and manager of Crawford & Company, and a registered nurse. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat and traveling. She loved her family and playing with her grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Nanny.”
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Wess (Angie) Stevens and John Stevens, all of Tupelo; her mother, Vera (Mitch) Parker of Decatur; one brother, Larry (Janice) Pittman of Saltillo; one stepsister, Angie Parker of Forrest; five grandchildren, Taylor Ositis, Dalton Stevens, Carson Owen, Corben Owen and Candice Stevens.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers will be her sons.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Stacey Ruth
SHANNON – Stacey Renea Ruth, 44, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 28, 1966, in Alton, Ill. A resident of Shannon for the past nine years, she was a homemaker and travel companion for her husband who drives a truck. She enjoyed keeping up with family and friends through her computer. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, James Ruth of Shannon; her stepmother, Shay Grace of Warrior, Ala.; a sister, Christine Perkins of Birmingham; three nephews, Brandon West (Christian) of Birmingham, Ryder and Hunter Williams of Ethelsville, Ala.; and two nieces, Bridget West of Birmingham and Chyna Williams of Ethelsville.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Grace.
There will be no local services. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Ingram
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Ingram, 63, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Lois Rhodes
GUNTOWN – Lois Rhodes, a resident of Houston, Texas, and a former resident of Guntown, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the Kingwood Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Ben West
POTTS CAMP – Ben Terry West, 57, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at his home in Potts Camp.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Potts Camp.
For online condolences, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Benjamin Jones
RED BANKS – Benjamin Martin Jones, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Memorial Hospice in Clarksdale.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pleasant Hill CME Church at Mt. Pleasant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

Alta Petree
RED BAY, Ala. – Alta Gertrude Petree, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery at Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Dewey Bain
CORINTH – Dewey L. Bain, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Dorothy Jean Woodruff Memorial Cemetery at Love Joy Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Jim Carruth
HAMILTON, Ala. – James A. “Jim” Carruth, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jim Foreman
SALTILLO – James “Jim” Foreman, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at his residence in the Birmingham Ridge community. He was currently the owner and operator of the Baldwyn Auto Auction. He also owned and operator D&F Auto Shop. He was a Baptist and a 32nd degree Mason. He served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbye Young Foreman of Birmingham Ridge; a sister, Lynette Scruggs (James) of Coldwater; a brother, Tommy Fosha (Betty) of Hebern Springs, Ark.; special nephews, Clark Scruggs and Randy Scruggs; and a special friend, Charles Dye.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.F. and Lucille Foreman; two sisters, Evelyn Holub and Ailene Maudlin; and a brother, Bob Foreman.
Pallbearers will be Rocky Dunaway, Tony Barnes, Marty Gardner, John Pannell, Joe Buse and Ronny Eaton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Flora Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Flora Johnson, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billy Ray Battles
SMITHVILLE – Billy Ray Battles, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Community Hospice Inc. in Verona.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Teron Cemetery in Smithville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Ozell Hines
TIPLERSVILLE – Ozell Hines, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Ethel Tucker
FULTON – Ethel Mae Tucker, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Mary Weir
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Mary Waurine Weir, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Bartlett, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Leawood Baptist Church in Memphis. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.