Obituaries July 15, 2009

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, Georgia 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.
Edwin Lee Dear
WESSON – Edwin L. “Eddie” Dear, 50, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, in Leake County. He was a native and lifelong resident of Copiah County, and a graduate of Copiah Academy. He attended Copiah Lincoln Community College and received an associate degree from Hinds Community College. He was among the first 10 applicants and trained at Nissan, and had served as area manager at Nissan since. He was an avid soccer fan and photographer, and he enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was a member and a deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Hazlehurst.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Hazlehurst. Burial will be in Hazlehurst Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Sdrvices of Hazlehurst is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Martin Dear; a son, Marshall Ray Dear of Tupelo; a daughter, Kimber Lee Dear of Wesson; a brother, Johnnie Ray “Butch” Dear and wife, Jan, of Monticello; his mother-in-law, Bonita Martin of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Lynn Martin of Sherwood, Ark.; a niece, Kristi Delzer of Valdosta, Ga.; and a great-nephew.
Jesse Lewis
BOONEVILLE – Jesse Robert Lewis, 40, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was born May 17, 1969, in Jourdanton, Texas, to Marion Robert and Nancy Chernosky Lewis. He was a self-employed groundskeeper for eight years and a member of Zion Baptist Church in Marietta.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery at New Site.
Survivors are his father, Marion Robert Lewis (Barbara) of Booneville; his mother, Nancy Ralston (Doug) of DeLeon, Texas; three brothers, David Lewis (Rhonda) and Charles Lewis (Millie), all of Baldwyn, and Bobby Lewis (Bonnie) of Booneville; two sisters, Carolyn Harjo (Cliff) of Windom, Texas, and Caren LaGrange of Jourdanton, Texas; his significant other, Sandra Rolston of Milwaukee; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alma Mae Lewis, Dossie Lewis, and Olien and Elfrieda Chernosky; and his sister, Kathy Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Clint LaGrange, Bobby Lewis, Jeff Humphrey, Barry Harris, Derrick Humphrey and Troy Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dossie Humphrey and Greg Harris.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Donald E. Alexander
COLUMBUS – Donald E. Alexander, 60, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born March 17, 1949, in Choctaw County to Fannie Mae Clark Alexander and Jimmie Lee Alexander. He worked in engineering for the Neel Schaffer Company in Columbus for 17 years. He was a Baptist and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War era.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in New Haven Cemetery near Weir.
Survivors include one daughter, Mandy Sala (Ben) of Columbus; two grandchildren, Samantha and Mallory Sala; three sisters, Virginia A. Farrar, Anita Klutts and Vickie Alexander, all of West Point; one brother, Bobby Alexander of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Wayne Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Justin Klutts, Jeremy Klutts, Christopher Alexander, Jonathan Alexander, David Pettit and Justin Harpole. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Whitecar and staff; 3rd floor nurses; Dr. Gerry Jeffcoat, Dr. Andrew Wartak, Dr. John Stanback, Randy Harris and Jimmy Pee; and co-workers at Neel Schaffer Engineering.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
W. Mixon Millsaps
CEDAR BLUFF – W. Mixon Millsaps, 87, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at his home in the Cairo community of Clay County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Pennie Hunt
HOLLY SPRINGS – Pennie Hunt, 58, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born May 5, 1951, in New Orleans to Jack Roche and Johnnie Bordages. She was a nurse.
The body will be cremated. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bernnie Pizzia; one daughter, Janie Laird (Robert Keenum) of Hickory Flat; two brothers, Gary Roche of Diamondhead and Steve Roche of Bay St. Louis; two grandchildren, Riely Keenum and Nicholas Keenum.
Dale Elgin
PONTOTOC – Dale Alan Elgin, 53, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home. He was a family man who enjoyed life and caring for others.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Kerry Powell officiating. Burial will be in Garner Cemetery.
Survivors include sons, Dale Elgin Jr. (Kay), Freddie Ray Elgin, Joseph Alan Elgin (Shandell) and Tony Ray Elgin; daughters, Melissa Rose Elgin and Dena Jane Elgin Franklin (Jeremy); grandchildren, Eric Bernard Macias Elgin, Alan Reese Elgin, Makayla Lynn Smith, Montana Marie Franklin, Robin Lynn Elgin, Alexis Marie Smith, Dakota Cheyenne Elgin, Savanna Lynn Elgin and Colton Rea Franklin; his mother, Dorothy Boggs; two brothers, Tommy Boggs and Dennis Boggs; two sisters, Marcia Weigand and Annie Wiles.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ray Boggs.
Pallbearers will be Dale Elgin Jr., Freddie Rae Elgin, Joseph Alan Elgin, Tony Rae Elgin, John Garner and Dennis Boggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Robert Ward
AMORY – Robert Ward died Monday, July 13, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Emily Green
BOONEVILLE – Emily Wallis Green, 97, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 17, 1911, to C.L. (Fate) Wallis and Annie F. Grisham Wallis. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Hebron Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with the Rev. Phillip Box and her great-nephew, the Rev. Steve Lampkin, officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time.
Survivors include nieces and nephews, Carolyn Jackson (Roddy), Azell Saylors, Carol Killough (Don) of Booneville, Marjorie Lampkin of Baldwyn, Rachel Eaton (Bonnard) and Kaye Moffitt (James) of Biggersville, Lorene Floyd of Biloxi, Kella Abraham of Leland, Barney Wallis (Jean) of Sturgis, Alton Saylors of Booneville: special great-nephew and great-nieces, Tommy Green (Jackie), Rose Anne Parker (Eddie), Leigh Carol Jackson; special great-great-nieces, Mary Dalton Parker, Caroline Parker, and Anne Thomas Green of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Green; her parents; and seven sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Roddy Jackson, Tommy Green, Eddie Parker, Kirby Windham, Danny Saylors and Chris Killough. Honorary pallbearers will be Merrill Cartwright, Layne Dees, Don Taylor and Billy Ward Sr.
Russell McWhirter
PONTOTOC – Russell Bailey McWhirter, 8, of Friendship died Monday, July 13, 2009, as the result of an accident. He was a member of Endville Baptist Church. He was a student at North Pontotoc Elementary School and a member of the Predators baseball team.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Endville Baptist Church with Rev. Tracy Quillian and Rev. Buster Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Endville Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Brock and Mellanie Quillian McWhirter, and his sister, Madison McWhirter, all of Friendship; his grandparents, Nickey and Carolyn McWhirter of Friendship, and J.B. and Mary Ann Quillian of Ecru; his aunts and uncles, Tracy and Tabitha Quillian, and Dawn Cooper; his great-grandparents, Jewel Bailey of Friendship, Quinn Quillian of Hurricane and Ruth Lessel of Center Hill; his cousins, Courtney and Alana Quillian, and Britt and Nick Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, J.R. and Ina McWhirter, Joe Bailey, James Quillian and Hollis Lessel.
Pallbearers will be Lee Franklin, Mike Williard, Shawn Reeder, Ron Browning, Heath Westmoreland and Tim Alexander. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Predators baseball team.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. All the visitation will be at Endville Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Russell Bailey McWhirter Memorial Fund at Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 270, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Rachel Hill
DUMAS – Rachel Eunice Medlin Hall Hill, 95, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Sept. 3, 1913, to Joe and Bettie Willhite Medlin. She was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. She cooked in the cafeteria at Dumas and Pine Grove Schools for years and was famous for her delicious homemade rolls. She loved working in her garden and flowers, and cooking for her family and friends. She helped anyone who needed help and was loved by everyone who ever knew her. A loving wife and mother, she was devoted to her family which was her pride and joy.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Don Wilson and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jessie Mauney (Benny) and Betty Hogue (Larvie) of Dumas and Edna Beard (Mike) of New Albany; one son, Leon Hall (Betty) of Keownville;
nine grandchildren, Harold Hogue (Becky), Linda Jarvis (Roger) and Karen Cash (James), all of Dumas, Joy Dees (Ranny) and Kristie Thompson (Jim), both of New Albany, and Dean Hogue (Sherry), Lecia Pannell (Eddy), Shelia Greer (Terry) and Olin Hall (Sonya), all of Keownville and 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Olin Hall and Earl Hill; her parents, Joe and Bettie Medlin; and five sisters and seven brothers.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Ball
PONTOTOC – Dorothy “Dot” Stafford Ball, 84, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Kim Sanders
OXFORD – Camila “Kim” Sanders, 39, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at East St. Peters M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Willie Mae McClain
OXFORD – Willie Mae “Cookie” McClain, 44, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East St. Peters M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Pam Williams Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Temple Groves Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time 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 Kaye 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 Owens (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.
Bettye Bogue
ETTA – Bettye Josephine Little Bogue, 69, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at her residence. She was born April 5, 1940, in Cotton Plant to Joe Earl Little and Effie Jones Little. She was an employee of Walmart and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tom Burchfield officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her stepmother, Opal Akins Little of Ripley; the father of her children, Gara Bogue; three sons, Jerry Bogue (Jan), Gerald Bogue (Lisa) and Brad Bogue (Julie), all of Etta; three sisters, Nellie Cook and Sue Harrison (Gary), both of Blue Mountain, and Bonnie White (Larry) of New Albany; five brothers, Bobby Little (Nona) of Saltillo, James Wallace Little (Martha) of Hurricane, Richard Little (Marina) of New Albany, Randy Little (Brenda) of Tupelo and Lee Earl Little (Diane) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Brandy Hamilton (Brooks), Case Bogue, Emily Bogue, Bailey Bogue, Riley Bogue and Easton Bogue; three great-grandchildren; special friends, Billy Lyle and Brenda Stanton. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Ella Gates.
Pallbearers will be Brooks Hamilton, Brock Foster, Barry Harrison, Rodney Little, Will White and B.J. Little.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Nell Johnson
ROWLETT, Texas – Nell Jones Johnson, 93, formerly of Booneville, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Senior Care at Lakepointe in Rowlett, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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