HOLLY SPRINGS – William Davis, 52, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs.
EUPORA – Anna Ruth Mason, 58, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Burial will be in Sapa Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Adella Blanchard Crump, 89, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Grand Blanc Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. She was born April 18, 1920, in Egypt to Willie and Irene Walker Blanchard. She was a member of St. Peter United Methodist Church, serving on the senior usher board for many years. She was a dietitian at Shivers Jr. and Senior High School for 25 years before retiring. An extraordinary cook, she enjoyed gardening and sharing the produce with family and others. She faithfully nursed her husband, her parents and her mother-in-law during their final illnesses.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Pastor Juanita Crump will officiate. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six children, Robert Willie Crump of Lebanon, Ill., Adolphus Crump Jr. of Los Angeles, Irene (Fred) Jackson of Chatham, La., Maurice (Janice) Crump of Alexandria, Va., Herbert (Juanita) Crump and Curtis (Joyce) Crump, both of Grand Blanc, Mich.; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Leigh of Valencia, Calif.; special nieces, Carolyn Sanders and Ann Payne, and special sister-in-law, Mary B. Minnis, all of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolphus Crump Sr.; her parents, three sisters and one brother.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Buddy Cameron Jr.
RIPLEY – William Roy “Buddy” Cameron Jr., 67, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born March 9, 1942, to William Roy Cameron and Lizzie Irene Patrick Cameron. He was a Baptist and a retired carpenter and roofer. He loved playing his guitar, listening to music and fishing, and he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by four daughters, Teresa Caldwell (Jerry) of Walnut, Lisa Jenkins (Sam) of Caledonia, Betty Orman (Richard) of Walnut and Tammy Cameron of Corinth; one son, Johnny Cameron of Walnut; one sister, Marjorie King of Russellville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Carolyn Huggins, Tonya Pedigo, Chris Beasley, Rebecca Porterfield, Ashley Carlisle, Brittney Carlisle and Tiffany Gentry, all of Walnut, and Jamie Galaske, Angela Barksdale (Jamie) and Ryan Jenkins (Miranda), all of Caledonia; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Billy Crum, Robert Nichols, Dickey Gay, Ronnie Lewis, Dusty Lewis, Chris Beasley and Ryan Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Caldwell, Sam Jenkins and Richard Orman.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Elsie Mae Pickle Lewis, 75, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born June 4, 1934, in Monroe County to Elgie and Ruby Camp Pickle. She married Loys Denver Lewis in 1958; he preceded her in death. She lived in Columbus and in the Amory area for the past 14 years. She worked in the garment industry and retired as a state school employee. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Amory. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and her family and friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Bob Wilburn and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Pickle Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Billy Eugene White of Columbus; two daughters, Dorothy White Prestridge of Amory and Marie Goble of Memphis; two sisters, Mavis McCrary (Bill) and Mable Chambers (Robert), both of Hatley; six grandchildren, James Michael Prestridge (Melissa), Crystal Dawn Oversen, Shawn Michael White (Starla), Natalie Mallard (Robert), Reuben Neil Goble (Patricia) and Tisha Gail Speer (John); and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a twin brother, Elton Ray Pickle.
Pallbearers will be Richard Chambers, Jake Madison, Michael Prestridge, Herbert Tedford, Robert Mallard, Allen Kuntz and Shawn Gore. Honorary pallbearers will be Drs. Danny Davis Moore, Stephen Hathcock, Roger Ratliff, Bill Rogers and Dwight McComb.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m.today and will continue until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
SPARTA – Thelma Morgan, 87, died Monday, June 29, 2009. She was born April 5, 1922, in Reform, Ala. She was a retired employee of Shannon Chair Company.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Amity Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Amity Cemetery in Sparta. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Delane Morgan and Dennis Morgan and Sandra, all of Sparta, and Judy Fountain and Steve, and Arnold Morgan and Charlene, all of Pensacola, Fla.; a son-in-law, Charley Kennedy of Seminole, Ala.; two brothers, Kenny Scott and Georgia of Houston, and J.B. Scott and Betty of Sparta; two sisters, Helen Forrester and David of Pheba, and Althea Brand of Sparta; 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pervis Arnold Morgan; her parents, Eula Scott and William Jennings Bryant Scott; a sister, Ruth Reeves; a daughter, Jo Ellen Kennedy; and a grandson, Terry Martin.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will be pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amity Cemetery Fund, c/o Amity Baptist Church, 2596 Hwy. 389, Woodland, MS 39776.
The guestbook may be accessed at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Alice Judge McCain, 60, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Benton County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John T. Ragland Jr.
MEMPHIS – John T. Ragland Jr., 65, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at his home in Smithville. He was born Jan. 22, 1944, to Mary and John Ragland Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Memphis. He was employed by The Commercial Appeal for nearly 50 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Ragland of Memphis; four children, Sherry Ragland (Tommy) Flippo of Brewer, John T. (Freda) Ragland III of West Memphis, Ark., Peggy Ragland-Waddell (Hubert) and Daniel Ragland(Melissa) of Southaven; a special aunt, Kathleen (Aunt Kaky) Jones; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tim Phillips, Hubert Waddell, Tommy Flippo, Lamar Ward, Justin Segerson and John T. Ragland IV.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Wade Easley Jr.
HOULKA – Wade Earnest Easley Jr., 70, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Chickasaw County to Wade Earnest Easley Sr. and Mary Opal Griffin Easley. He was a retired employee of MDOT and a “shade tree jack of all trades.” He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a Navy veteran.
Services were Tuesday, June 30, at Schooner Valley Baptist Church in Houlka with the Rev. Danny Kelly officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joann Brown Easley of Houlka; two daughters, Mary Ernesta Smith (Wesley) of Booneville and Marsha Ranae McVay (Charles) of Pontotoc; one grandson, Samuel A. McVay; two stepdaughters, Barbara Spratlin (Larry) of Germantown, Tenn., and Marta Tunnell (Joe Boy) of Bruce; two brothers, Charles Easley (Doris) and R.A. Easley (Rhea), both of Houlka; and one sister, Mary Kinard of Hernando.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thomas Ann Logan Easley; three brothers, Bro. Buford Easley, Donald B. Easley and Theo M. Easley; one sister, Marjorie Caviness; and one brother-in-law, Roy Kinard.
Memorials may be made to the Rose Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Ken Westmorland, P.O. Box 128, Houlka, MS 38850; or to the Collums Cemetery Fund, c/o Toni Brown, 1518 CR 20, Houlka, MS 38850.
Family and friends may sign an online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Barbara Jean Robinson
RED BAY, Ala. – Barbara Jean Robinson, 66, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was born Dec. 25, 1942, in Steele, Mo., to Milton Clyde James Sr. and Lucy Hollingshead James. She was a housewife and a member of the Faith Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors are two children, Keith Robinson of Booneville and Vicki Greenhill of Tuscumbia, Ala.; one brother, Johnny James of Warner Robins, Ga.; one sister, Ann Rettig of Oklahoma; and five grandchildren, Kayla Greenhill, Hunter Greenhill, Brandon Robinson, Melissa Robinson and Cody Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Robinson; and her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Robinson, Jeffery James, Lee Hacker, Larry Sanders and Frankie Gober.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Ira Jury Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Ira Jury Jr., 84, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
AMORY – Margaret Ellender D’Haillecourt, 87, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Sesser, Ill., to Bryan and Mattie McBride Eubanks. She married the Rev. Arthur D’Haillecourt in 1941. She lived in Memphis and in the Amory area for the past 20 years. She was a homemaker and a devoted pastor’s wife. She was a member of the Cason Baptist Church and an active member of the Cason Baptist Golden Believers. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Sammy McMillen, the Rev. Shane Crawford and the Rev. Jim Manley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, the Rev. Arthur D’Haillecourt of Amory; two sons, Henry D’Haillecourt (Pat) of Paducah, Ky., and Barry D’Haillecourt (Suzanne) of Amory; three daughters, Judith D’Haillecourt, Joan Hood and Amy Hester, all of Amory; two brothers, Bill Eubanks of Kankakee, Ill., and Harry Eubanks of Watson, Ill.; three sisters, Edith Guthrie of Pinckneyville, Ill., Dorothy Pitchford of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Mildred Tate of Dix, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leslie, Cecil and Howard Eubanks; five grandchildren, Sabrina Brown, Anthony Hood, Lisa D’Haillecourt, Cary D’Haillecourt and Denissa Hester; and one great-grandchild, Brandon Sprouse.
Pallbearers will be Mike Hood, Bryan Hester, Shane Hood, Sam Cooper, Eddie Hester and Brent Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Hood, Evan Hester, Tyler Sprouse, Jamey Brown, Tim D’Haillecourt and Lindall Wray.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday and will continue until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Cason Baptist Church Golden Believers, 30018 Cason Road, Amory, MS 38821 or to the LeBonheur’s Children’s Medical Center, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174.
Tommy Ray Lyles
TUPELO – Tommy Ray Lyles, 59, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born March 6, 1950, in Tupelo to Zelma and Bonnie Lyles. He was called to serve in the U.S. military in 1968 after graduating from Mooreville High School. He attained the rank of sergeant and earned many medals including Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars. After his military duty, he worked as a truck driver, restaurant manager and painter, his favorite job. When not working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gambling in Tunica, watching his westerns, listening to his oldies, and enjoying his pets, Suzy, Ody and Doc. He was a very happy and loved man.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Acres Church of Christ in Tupelo. Fellowship will follow at noon.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Lyles of the Auburn community; his son, Tim Lyles (Melanie) of Guntown; his daughters, Valinda Franks (Randy) of Saltillo, Christie Lyles of Auburn and Jennifer Dray (Randy) of Coldwater; his nine grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth, J.D. and John; and one sister, Betty.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Zelma, and his father, Bonnie.
Memorials may be made to Christine Lyles, 1241 CR 931, Apt. 4, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to Asera Care Hospice, 280 S. Thomas, Suite 101, Tupelo, MS 38803.
PONTOTOC – Lewis DeVaughn Howell, 92, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Pontotoc, the VFW and the NCOA. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years and from Belden Wire after 16 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Christopher Catholic Church. Father Will Steinbacher will officiate, and Father Gerald “Pete” Peterson will assist. Burial with military honors will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Claire E. Howell of Pontotoc; his son and daughter-in-law, Sam Leo Howell and Elizabeth Quarles Howell of Ridgeland; his brother, John Shelby Howell of Clarksdale; his twin grandsons, Ethan Conner Howell and Harrison Reid Howell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby Wilson Howell and Rosa Ethel McLauchlin Howell; and his siblings, Sam Winifred Howell, William Frank Howell, Erie Ethelyne Howell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SALTILLO – Betty Morgan Turner, 71, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
HOUSTON – Tolver Townsend, 90, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 24, 1918. She was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church. She graduated from Rust College and taught in the public school system for more than 40 years, mainly in the Chickasaw County School System. She married Phillip Graham in December 1939. He preceded her in death. She later married Booker T. Townsend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Baptist Church. Pastor Levon Kinard will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove-Buena Vista Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Booker T. Townsend; two sons, Johnnie W. (Lunette) Graham of Tupelo and Humphrey (Mary) Graham of Houston; two daughters, Mardell (Willie) Cooper of Tupelo and Glenda (Johnnie) Williams of Houston; a stepson, Jimmy (Patricia) Townsend; 10 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Ira McFarland and Very May of Houston; five sisters-in-law, Evelyn Williams, Mary Williams, Cornelious Graham, Earnestine Gunn (Baby Ruth) and Annie Thelma Townsend (Minnie); nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home and a wake will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services Thursday.
FULTON – Vicki Lynn Vail Johnson, 52, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Queen Esther Pickens
OKOLONA – Queen Esther Catledge Pickens, 53, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 11, 1956, to Eloise Below Catledge and the late Sylvester Catledge. She received her education from the Houston Schools. She was a jailer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and a certified truck driver and cosmetologist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donnell Cherry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James W. Pickens of Okolona; her mother, Eloise Catledge of Houston; two daughters, Merenia Pickens of Detroit, Mich., and Jameka Pickens of Aberdeen; one son, James C. Pickens of Okolona; four sisters, Canzator Gillespie of Houston, Lizzie L. Barnett of Olive Branch, Betty Mable (Carl) of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Joann C. Harper (Adolph Jr.) of Ackerman, Ohio; one brother, Sammie Catledge (Amber) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
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