Obituaries July 14, 2009

Genie Moore
TUPELO – Genie Bean Moore, 81, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the Home Place in Saltillo after a lengthy illness. She was born to Wiley Holder Bean and Jennie Mae Loden Bean of Itawamba County on Feb. 20, 1928. She and her late husband lived in Tupelo since 1949. An executive secretary and office manager for Sears and Roebuck Company for nearly 20 years, she opened her own business after her retirement, Genie’s Gifts and Accessories. She loved gardening, growing her flowers, playing the piano and the organ, cooking with excellence, sewing and ceramics, and she loved her special time with her grandchildren. She was the widow of William Reginal Moore, who died June 9, 2003.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Jay Stanley officiating and David Grant Smith delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Regenia Moore Kendrick (Robert) of Tupelo; one son, William Reginal “Reggie” Moore of Tupelo; three sisters, Mary Lena Buckner (Otto) of Madison, Susie Plemons of Dallas, Texas, and Eula Mae Anderson (Leon) of Bossier City, La.; two brothers, Billy Bean (Josephine) of Racine, Wis., and DeWitt Bean (Ida Ann) of Iuka; two grandchildren, David Grant Smith (Leilani) of Abilene, Texas, and Emily Carol Smith of Houston, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and four brothers, Wiley Bean, Joe Bean, Gale Bean and Johnny Bean.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Palmer, Hal Edge, Hoyt Curbow, Raymond McCoy, Jimmy Swann, Taylor Thomas and Lewis Clark.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dillard Richardson, Charles Lee, Bill Tallant and her nephews.
The family of Genie Bean Moore would like to express their appreciation to the staff and caregivers at The Home Place Assisted Living that provided such loving and tender care for her.
Chris Groves
NETTLETON – Christopher Curtis Groves, 43, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at his residence near Nettleton after an extended illness. He was born on Sept. 20, l965, in Carroll County, Tenn., to George Thomas Groves and Helen Jane Holt. He lived most of his life in the Nettleton-Shannon area. A self-employed painter, he attended the Nettleton Presbyterian Church. He was a practical jokester and an avid conversationalist. He loved his land in the Temple Grove Community near Nettleton, where he enjoyed raising chickens and horses, gardening and landscaping his yard. He was a solid “Son of the South,” who loved General Robert E. Lee and Civil War history. He will be sorely missed by many.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Pam Williams Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Temple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Robert E. Lee Room of the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Russell Groves; his parents: Myrtle Mae Robinson Holt (grandmother and mom) of Nettleton; his mother, Helen Holt Lamb (Bobby Mac), all of Nettleton; his father, George Groves (Linda) of Atwood, Tenn.; his children, Nigel Lynn Sneed, Thomas Christopher amp”T.C.amp”Groves of Nettleton, and Bridgette Nicole Groves of Shannon; his sister, Kristie Kay Mullins (Robert) of Nettleton; three brothers, Toby Groves (Shera), Nettleton, Sammy Joe Fowler (Angie) of Shannon and Adam T. Fowler (Alana) of Plantersville; his aunt, Zola Wren, and uncle, Joe Holt, both of Nettleton; nephews and nieces, Gabriel Clark (Bethany), Mallory Clark, Ben Groves, Matt Groves, Blake Fowler, Braxton Fowler, Sami Kay Fowler, Adian Fowler, Arin Fowler, Gavin Kole Clark, Gatlin Kade Clark, Blake Estes, Turner A. Seymore, all of the Plantersville/Nettleton/Shannon area, Kloe’ Seymore, Eric Sauceda (Erin), Andrew Sauceda, Suzanne Owen (Nick), all of Pontotoc, and Laura Cox (Ron) of Oxford; numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Thomas Holt; his son, Justin Levi Russell; his uncle, Jimmy Doyle Wren; and cousin, Steve Wren.
Pallbearers will be Chris Coggin, Darus Bynum, Delane Hester, David Boland, Michael Clark and Gabriel Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Randolph, Danny Joe Peters, Danny Boland and his many friends from VFW Post 49 in Tupelo.
Condolence may be emailed to Holland-Harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.
Chanston Randle
OKOLONA – Chanston Tyshawn McPherson Randle died Friday, July 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Chapel Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Belinda McPherson and Ezekiel Randle Jr.; his grandparents, Lonzo and Alice Faye McPherson of Okolona, and Ruth Randle of Una; four aunts, Trena (Derrick) McCoy of Okolona, Cynthia McPherson of Tupelo, Shonre (Brad) Ball of Pontotoc, and Tonya Randle of Una; four uncles, Reggie McPherson of Okolona, Anthony Chrew of Pontotoc, and Michael (Sawonna) Randle and Kevin Randle of Una; his great-grandmothers, Luella Babbitt of Okolona, Lillie Mae Gates of Houston and Lucille Posley of Una; his godmothers, Bernice Sneed and Stancy Buchanan; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ezekeil Randle; his great-grandfather, Lonnie Barr, Homer Gates, Jet Henley Sr., Henry Babbitt and Clarence Gillispie; and his great-grandmother, Willie Mae Henley.
Donald Richardson Sr.
OKOLONA – Donald Morris Richardson Sr., 62, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 1, 1947, in New Orleans, La., to Arthur and Carrie Mae Richardson. He was baptized at St. Paul the Apostle-St. Monicas. He was reared and educated in New Orleans. He received his bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in New Orleans. He taught art in New Orleans Public Schools for 13 years. After moving to Okolona, he taught art in the Okolona and Nettleton school districts. He completed many outstanding carpentry and art projects.
Services were Sunday, July 12, at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, George F. Richardson; four daughters, Aunya Richardson, Ingrid (Brian) Richardson-Ray, Sheena (Derrick) Johnson and Journeampé (Clifford) Richardson; three sons, Donald (Jerneanica) Richardson Jr., Keith Richardson and Adam Richardson; a stepson, Oliver Johnson III; 16 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Williams and Cheryll (Charles) Bartholomew; and two brothers, Arthur and Michael Richardson.
James Redpath
OXFORD – James Harrison Redpath died Sunday, July 12, 2009. He was the husband of the late Dannie Dell Lyles Redpath. He was born on Sept. 29, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn. He served in the 5th Aircraft Marine Battalion in World War II as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class. He was retired from his position as deputy in the United State’s Marshal’s Office. He was a Shriner and a 32nd Degree Mason as well as a member of the Masonic Body for more than 55 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford and a former member of the Oxford Lions Club. He enjoyed his time on this earth and treasured his family.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jonathan Scanlon and the Rev. David Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Mimi Williams Eide and her husband, Keith, of Olive Branch and Sandra Williams Gordon and her husband, Craig, of Buffalo, N.Y.; two sons Pete Williams and his wife, Jennifer, of Union, Ky., and Bill Redpath of Richfield, Minn.; his grandchildren, Tammy Lee Nix of Oxford, Landon Lee of Collierville, Tenn., Lance Lee of Oxford, Tallulah Rose Gordon of Buffalo, N.Y., Perry Williams of Madison, LaCretia Williams of Atlanta, Ga., Kristen Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren, Chipper Nix of Oxford and Austin Pete Williams of Madison.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Oxford Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1372, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Henry Dilworth
NETTLETON – Henry Dilworth died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Freddie Herndon
COLUMBUS – Freddie Louis Herndon, 71, died Friday, July 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Gunter amp& Peel Chapel in Columbus. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to River Bend Baptist Church, 50263 Old Hwy. 25, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Abby Lee
BECKER – Abigail Ruth “Abby” Lee, 11, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. She was born May 20, 1998, in Anchorage, Alaska, to David Barrett Lee and Hope Hunter Lee. She was a lifelong resident of Mississippi. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church, where she was a member of the GA’s. She was a member of the Monroe County 4-H and Hobby Horse Riding Club in Amory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Center Hill Baptist Church in Hamilton with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, David and Hope Lee of Columbus Air Force Base; two brothers, Mark Guthrie Lee and Wade Barrett Lee, both of Columbus AFB; an adopted sister, Holley Pace of Augusta, Ga.; her grandparents, Elizabeth Hunter of Mantee, Richard and Donna Lee of Greenwood, S.C., and Joe and Marlene Smith of Saluda, S.C.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Abigail Ruth Lee Memorial Fund at Cadence Bank.
For online condolences and registration, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Duel Lawson
DRY CREEK – Duel Lawson, 70, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a retired upholsterer and a member of Paul’s Chapel Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Rex Bullock and Bro. Omega Hall officiating. Burial will be in Paul’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery at Dry Creek.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Shirley Holmes Lawson of Dry Creek; one son, Jeff Lawson (Cherri) of Dry Creek; one daughter, Alice Marie Salts (Mike) of Tupelo; three sisters, Pauline Thrasher (W.C.), Sybil Studders (James) and Shelia Patterson (Donnie), all of Corinth; five brothers, Robert Lawson, Jimmy Lawson and Son Lawson (Evelyn), all of Dry Creek, Danny Lawson (Shelia) and Jerry Lawson (Danay), both of Dumas; six grandchildren, Jay Lawson, Sissy Lawson, Matt Owens, Courtney Owens, England Dan Salts and Pat-Rue Salts; one great-grandchild, Aubrie Cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Verdie Pannell Lawson, and a brother, David Lawson.
Pallbearers will be Doug Hargett, England Dan Salts, Pat-Rue Salts, Richard Lawson, Bradley Lawson and Jay Lawson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cotton Thornton
BOONEVILLE – Marlis “Cotton” Thornton, 93, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 6, 1916, in Marietta. He was a farmer. He was a member of the American Legion, and he was a 30-year member of New Bethel Church of Christ. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed bird hunting and training bird dogs, one of which, “White Knight,” won the Grand National in Georgia and in Grand Junction, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Shawn Weaver and Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Nichols Thornton; a son, Gary Thornton (Lynette) of Marietta; a daughter, Barbara Guinn (Tommy) of Booneville; a brother, Prentiss Thornton of Booneville; a sister, Ruby Pounds of Stantonville, Tenn.; three grandsons, Andrew Guinn of Antioch, Tenn., Jordan Guinn of Booneville and David Thornton (wife MarKrissa) of Marietta.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Quay Malone Thornton; his parents, Noonan and Annie Bell Gilley Thornton; two brothers, N.A. Thornton and Lester Thornton; and three sisters, Estelle Thornton Pharr, Alvia Hall and Mattie Franks.
Pallbearers are Leon Malone, Joe Franks, Steve Taylor, George Pharr, Jerry Pharr and Chris McClusky. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Andrew Guinn, Jordan Guinn and Davis Thornton, and nephews, Faye Parrish, Leamon Moore, Jack McKinney, Nolan Denson, Don Pounds, Don Pounds and Thomas Parrish.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834, or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Russell C. Lanphere
TUPELO – Russell C. Lanphere, 88, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at The Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 7, 1920, to Paul Lanphere and Myrtle Dugard Lanphere in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but had lived most of his life in the Tupelo area. He was a retired employee of Mississippi Valley Gas Company, now known as ATMOS Energy in Tupelo with 33 years of faithful service. He was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He loved playing golf, fishing, hunting and was a very avid sports fan, especially the Atlanta Braves, no matter if they were winning or losing. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy and attaining the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. He was a part of the World War II Air Wing Two South Pacific. He helped flag airplanes as they departed and landed, entertained forces on the Island of Oahu and played baseball with the Naval Baseball Teams, where mostly Major League ball players were playing. He continued to play semi-pro baseball into his mid 40′s.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Donny Riley, Rev. Glen Wiygul and Rev. Danny Dabbs officiating. A private burial with military honors will be in the Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include one daughter, Helen Wade (John) of Tupelo; three sons, Lindsey Lanphere (Ann) of Mooreville, Paul Wren Lanphere (Kim) of Saltillo and Rusty Lanphere (Tracie) of Tupelo; one sister, Mary Alice Stanley of Saltillo; one brother, Doug Lanphere (Lelia) of Saltillo; one sister-in-law, Jewel Lanphere of Saltillo; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jewel Lanphere, on Jan. 19, 2002; his parents; one sister-in-law, Sarah Chase; three brothers, Jake Lanphere, Paul Lanphere Jr. and William amp”Pudamp” Lanphere.
Pallbearers will be John Lee, Scottie Cook, Chip Ferguson, Brad Lanphere, Jordan Stewart, Bob Griggs, Chase Griggs, Brett Lanphere and Ty Lanphere.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Long, his Sunday School class at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, his golfing buddies and Jimmy McNutt, Don Herrington and Jerry McGee.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Juancho Quezada-Lopez
OXFORD – Adan “Juancho” Quezada-Loacute;pez, 28, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was a landscaper with the University of Mississippi. He was an immigrant to Mississippi.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Douglass Sullivan-Gonz”aacute”lez officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Villa Comaltitlan, Chiapas, Mexico.
Survivors include his wife, Autumn Lee Quezada-Grant of Oxford, whom he married in March 2007; a daughter, Natalia Xochitl Quezada-Grant, and a stepdaughter, Lila Dharma Saye, both of Oxford; his parents, Jesus Quezada and Angela López de Quezada of Comaltitlan, Chiapas, Mexico; four sisters, Gloria Quezada López and Marlyne Quezada López of Tonalá, Chiapas, Mexico, and Amanda Quezada López and Monica Quezada López of Comaltitlan, Chiapas, Mexico; two brothers, Fernando Quezada López and Fabian Quezada López of Comaltitlan, Chiapas, Mexico; and his grandmother, Angela López of Comaltitlan, Chiapas, Mexico.
Memorials may be made to Adan “Juancho” Quezada-López, c/o Autumn Lee Quezada-Grant, 315 Blair Cove, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
N.C. McNeil
CORINTH – Noonan C. McNeil, 73, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Shiloh C.P. Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
John Lee Williams
MARIETTA – John Lee Williams, 88, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born Aug. 15, 1920, to John W. and Cassie Smith Williams. He was a graduate of Marietta High School and a member of Marietta Church of Christ. He was baptized in Wildman’s Pool just north of Marietta in Hurricane Bottom. During his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After coming home, he farmed a short while with his new B. F. Avery tractor before accepting a job as a traveling serviceman for B.F. Avery in Memphis. Later, he sold Minneapolis-Moline equipment at his Farm Machinery Service Store in Marietta. During the 1970s-80s, he was a partner in Williams Tractor Company, which sold White Farm Equipment. He was a farmer and cattlemen all the way, bringing in Registered Aberdeen Angus cattle in 1951. He spent many tireless hours working for the local schools serving as trustee for both the Marietta and New Site Schools. He also served eight years as election commissioner. He loved his family, fishing and hunting, and he was a story teller second to none.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. The body will lie
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Church of Christ with Bro. Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be at Old Bethel Cemetery at Golden. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy Marlyn Williams of North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford and Janie Cole (Mark) of Batesville; two sons, Bill Williams (Janette) of Marietta and Ralph Williams (Kim) of Booneville; one sister, Ruby Ellen Magers of Tupelo; two brothers, Dean Williams of Batesville and Chad Williams of Senatobia; his grandchildren, Ashlee and Clayton Cole of Batesville, Daniel Williams of Oxford, and Katie and John David Williams of Booneville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eunice Helen Reeves Williams, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Williams, Clayton Cole, John David Williams, Claude Williams, Allen Mills and James Thornton. Honorary pallbearers are his nephews.
Memorials may be sent to North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38865 or the Marietta Church of Christ, Marietta, MS 38856.
Dale Elgin
PONTOTOC – Dale Elgin died Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
William Ivy
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – William Henry Ivy, 86, formerly of Oxford, died Friday, July 10, 2009, at Sevier County Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Shiloh Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

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