Obituaries July 18, 2009

Bobby McPhail
OXFORD – Bobby Gwin McPhail, 76, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired plant manager for the Kellwood Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former member of the Lions Club. He was a Baptist. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating. Burial will follow at Anchor Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Babb McPhail of Oxford; two daughters, Jennifer McPhail Robinson and Cindy McPhail Roberts, both of Oxford; one son, Mike McPhail of Oxford; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Ruby McPhail; two brothers, Charles McPhail and Brooks McPhail; and a son-in-law, Chris Roberts.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Ernest Goss
IUKA – Ernest Kelly Goss, 45, died at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Verdie Taylor
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – Verdie Edwards Taylor, 89, formerly of Bruce, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Brookside Inn in Castle Rock, Colo. She was born Dec. 31, 1919, in Calhoun County to Eathan and Freddie Coston Edwards. She was a homemaker and a member of Castle Rock Baptist Church. She married Robert Taylor of Derma on Aug. 3, 1941.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robin Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Terry Taylor Hein (Dwight) of Castle Rock, Colo.; one sister, Allye Card (Robert) of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Lois Edwards of Brandon; a son-in-law, Lee Worley of Smyrna, Tenn.; five grandsons, Damon (Jennifer) Hein and Jered (Laura) Hein, both of Colorado, and Chad Worley, Justin Worley and Jason (Danielle) Worley, all of Tennessee; four great-grandchildren, Kira Hein and Jason Hein of Colorado, and Caleb Breeden and Bryce Worley of Tennessee; an aunt, Glennie McKibben of Senatobia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; a daughter, Peggy Taylor Worley; and a brother, Laderl Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Hein, Jered Hein, Lee Worley, Chad Worley, Justin Worley and Robert Card Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Card Sr. and Horton Taylor.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 300 N. Church St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Cindi Hartley
OXFORD – Cindi Paige Hartley, 38, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at her home in Oakland. She was a surgical technician and a member of North Oxford Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Lafayette High School, attended the University of Mississippi and received her surgical technology degree from Itawamba Community College. She went on to work at various hospitals and animal clinics as a surgical technician. She was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Honorary Fraternity.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at North Oxford Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in North Oxford Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Aubrey E. “Gene” Hartley and Brenda F. Hartley of Oxford; her fiancampé, William S. “Billy” Petty of Oxford; and her grandmother, Corinne B. Hartley of Harmontown.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Opal F. LaBroad
MILLPORT, Ala. – Opal F. LaBroad, 72, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born Aug. 7, 1936, in West Point to Ruby May Kisner Ortmayer and James Aldine Ortmayer. She was a Civil Service switchboard operator and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
There will be no funeral service. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Gillian Vaughn (Brad) of Millport, Ala., Sylvia Vosough of Columbus and Theresa Aronin of South Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Virginia Carter
MEMPHIS – Virginia Ann Carter, 56, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Delta Medical Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1952, in Memphis to Donald Carter and Betty Edwards. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. The body will be cremated.
Survivors include her mother, Betty Garrison (Mike) of Snow Lake; one brother, Don Carter Jr. of West Memphis; two stepbrothers, Michael Garrison of Memphis and Wes Garrison of Cloverdale, Ind.; four sisters, Margie Ing of Memphis, Trish Day of Splendora, Texas, Mary Jane Sullivan of Batesville, Ark., and Gail Thomas of Hot Springs, Ark.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Pope.
Hazel King
HOLLY SPRINGS – Hazel King, 47, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a member of Smith Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs and a church missionary. She was a retired disabled factory worker for Mulay Plastic of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Smith Grove M.B. Church of Holly Springs with the Rev. W.C. Conners officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sisters, Emma Stephenson and Margie King, both of Holly Springs, and Brenda King and Stacey Benefield, both of Columbia, S.C.; six brothers, Thessalonia King, Ivy L. King, Lee Mack King, Melvin King and Conerly King, all of Holly Springs, and Kelsey King of Charlotte, N.C.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Young.
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 noon to 12:55 p.m. Sunday.
Caitlin Criddle
PONTOTOC – Caitlin Abigail Criddle, 3 months, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis after a lifelong illness. She was born March 24, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pontotoc Apostolic Church with the Rev. Bennie Randolph, the Rev. Larry Davis and the Rev. Paul Beam officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Innocence at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Quay and Melissa Criddle; her twin sister, Chloe; her grandparents, Eddie and Tammy Dugan of Pontotoc, Danny and Ramona Warren of Nettleton, and Joey Criddle of Denver, Colo.; her great-grandparents, Frances Warren of Nettleton, Annis Holbrook of Holly Springs, and Lee and Diane Reynolds of Pontotoc, Malcolm and Sue Coats of Randolph; her great-great-grandmother, Christine Austin of New Albany; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Dennis Warren, James Holbrook and William Oscar Criddle; her grandmother, Eloise Morgan; and two cousins, Tyler Barnes and Timmy Coats.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Barnes and J.J. Williams.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at Pontotoc Apostolic Church.
Helen Miller
BALDWYN – Helen Cleo Miller, 88, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the River Place Nursing Facility in Amory. She was a former resident of Baldwyn. She was retired seamstress for Lucky Star Industries and a member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Sidney McCloud and Bro. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Nellie Cox of Joliet, Ill.; three sons, Earl Howell of Mt. Vernon, Ill., Wayne Howell of Amory and Glen Howell of Southaven; three sisters, Fannie Mae Meadows of Baldwyn, Fredia Burleson of Humasville, Mo., and Geraldine Garrett of Baldwyn; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Jewell Morgan, Gladys Summers and Katie Lee Jones.
Her grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.
Constance Lanier
OLIVE BRANCH – Constance Annette Lanier, 64, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. She was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Holly Springs. She was a branch manager for American Express and a Presbyterian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include one son, Shawn Thomas of Olive Branch; one daughter, Kimberly Hauth (Steve) of Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Wilson Golden and Gene Lanier, both of Holly Springs; one sister, Emmy Jarjoura of Senatobia; three grandchildren, Austin Thomas, Hannah Thomas and Lindsey Woods.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ken Thomas, and her parents, Eugene Banks Lanier and Constance Harris.
Tyson H. Norris
SALTILLO – Tyson H. Norris, 65, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Jan. 20, 1945, to Robert H. and Martha Sue Norris of Saltillo. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Tupelo. He was a loving, kind person who never met a stranger. He enjoyed life to the fullest and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his dog, Sheba.
He chose to donate his body to medical science in hope that he may benefit another person.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Bro. Harold Adair officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Norris of Saltillo; three sisters, Jane Aderholt (Mike) of Mooreville, Jean Brazeal (William) of Kirkville and Debbie Vanlandingham (Doug) of Guntown; one brother, Hoyt Hugh Norris (Dianne) of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Martha Sue Norris; his first wife, Sarah Adair Norris; a sister, Brenda Andrews; and a nephew, Chad Brazeal.
Memorials may be made to Faith Haven Inc., P.O. Box 835, or Tupelo Lee Humane Society, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Wayne Mason
TUPELO – Carl Wayne Mason, 61, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 22, 1948, in Smithville in Monroe County to Carl and Maxine Hill Mason. He attended Itawamba Junior College on a football scholarship and completed his formal education at Mississippi State University. He served stateside in the U.S. Air Force. He was night manager for Hickory Springs before becoming ill. He enjoyed attending services at Good News Church in Tupelo. An avid MSU Bulldog fan, he enjoyed all sports, the great outdoors, fishing, skiing, reading especially westerns and spy thrillers, and cooking, especially his signature cornbread. He will be missed by family, a wide host of friends and his black lab, Brodie.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Good News Church in Tupelo with Pastor Terry Garrett officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time with a reception following the service at Good News Church. A private burial will follow at a later date at the Salter Family Cemetery near Birmingham. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Mason of Tupelo; three daughters, Rachel Mason Kenney of Pontotoc, Maggie Mason Giles (Rob) of Caledonia and Holly Elizabeth Mason of Samford University in Birmingham; four grandchildren, Alison Kenney, and Brooks and Jackson Kenney, all of Pontotoc, and Caleb Giles of Caledonia; two sisters, Glenda West (Dan) of Becker and Nikki Thompson of Baldwyn; one brother, Kenneth Mason (Dannis) of Smithville; his in-laws, Jean and Harold Gordon of Tupelo, and Fred and Carolyn Salter of Birmingham; a special aunt, Betty Smith of Houston; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be employees of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company in Verona.
Memorials may be made to Good News Church, 2018 West Jackson St., Tupelo, MS. 38801; or to American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS. 38801.
Anneliese Davis
TUPELO – Anneliese Herz Davis, 80, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at her daughter’s residence after an extended illness. She was born August 21, 1928, in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Karl and Maria Kling Herz. In 1949, she moved to Mississippi, settling in Natchez in 1960, where she raised her family and lived until her health began to decline. She then lived in Gulfport for six years before coming to Tupelo six months ago. She was a wonderful cook and was known for her homemade rolls which were served in area restaurants and Bed and Breakfasts of Natchez. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family. She was a longtime member of the Pilgrimage Garden Club and Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez.
Private services for the family will be today in the Louise Bland Chapel of First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Raigan Miskelly officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Marianne Koberger (Karl) of Gulfport and Elsie White (Dr. Dick White) of Tupelo; two sons, Bill Davis (Dottie) of Mandeville, La., and Chuck Davis (Loran) of Newnan, Ga.; three sisters, Else McCarty of Garland, Texas, Lieselotte Roth and Erma Dieges, both of Germany; 10 grandchildren, Lisa Harrell (Scott) of Mobile, Ala., Jason Koberger (Jennifer) of Gulfport, Shelley Miller (Jason) of Tupelo, Tracy Peters (Silas) of Daphne, Ala., Amanda Davis of New Orleans, Will Davis, Rachel Davis and John Davis all of Mandeville, La., Jordan Davis and Ross Davis, both of Newnan, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Evan and Emma Harrell of Mobile, Ala., and Davis and Dylan Miller of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Karl and Heinz Herz; and a sister, Honneroe Herz.
Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
Memorials may be made to The Chartwell Center, 4239 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70115.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rodney Mitchell
CORINTH – Rodney Mitchell, 41, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Donnie Grisham
BOONEVILLE – Donald “Donnie” Grisham, 52, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Virgle Maxey
TUPELO – Virgle A. Maxey, 86, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Lee County to Nona L. and Sallie Bell Barnett Maxey. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Okanogan and Johnson Island in the South Pacific. He was employed with Pepsi Cola Bottling and Better Brands for 45 years. After his retirement he enjoyed daily God’s gift of life, nature and watching his dogs, birds and squirrels.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Bro. John Ligon officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail Smith (Shelby) of Saltillo and Judi Wheeler (Phil) of Tupelo; one half sister, Nona Dale Jordan (Don) of West Monroe, La.; five grandchildren, Andrea Wheeler Schipke (Shad) of Bay Springs, Michelle Burton, Amy Cantrell, Ryen Smith and Kelly Smith, all of Saltillo; six great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Russell A. Maxey of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years, Pauline Maxey, on Oct. 14, 2004; and his brother, Melvin Maxey.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
James Smith Jr.
COLUMBUS – James Grover Smith Jr., 70, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Nov. 22, 1938, to James Grover Smith Sr. and Velcie Bell “Dolly” Garrett Smith in Monroe County. He lived most of his life in Monroe County and lived the past seven years in Columbus. He retired after 34 years with Walker Manufacturing. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Belle Smith of Columbus; two daughters, Debra Lawrence of Hamilton and Pam Buford of Starkville; three sons, Mike Smith of Hamilton, Danny Smith of Winona and Gary Smith of Houston; five stepdaughters, Ann Thornton of Florence, Ala., Wanda McBrayer, Lisa Lee and Jammie Stuart, all of Columbus, and Linda Cooper of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his father, James Grover Smith Sr. of Hamilton; one brother, Clayton Smith of Hamilton; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, four stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Pallbearers will be Bill Mason, Rufus Mason, Lloyd Lawrence, Roger Dawkins and Jeremy West. Wayne Blair will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Faye Harris
IUKA – Julia Faye Gardner Harris, 88, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She lived in the North Crossroads community near Iuka. She worked for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago for many years. She left a lucrative career to become a caregiver to her parents and sister. She was a successful caregiver, homemaker, mother and friend. She felt that a good relationship with her family and friends was her success, and to be a good mother was her greatest accomplishment. She was a member of the North Crossroads Baptist Church (now Yellow Creek Baptist Church) for 77 years. She was a Sunday School teacher, and Proverbs was her favorite book of the Bible. She enjoyed her flowers, outdoor activities and her special stroke dog, Noah.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Wayne Berry, Pastor Warren Jones and Pastor Allen Osborn will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Harold Cole, Jackie Morris, Jesse McDuffy, Lynn Dill, Mike Brown, Lynn Helton, Gerald Parsons, Eddie Keith Bray, Russ Robinson, Chris Harville, Tim Williamson and Bro. Fay Crowe. Honorary pallbearers include Malcolm McDuffy, Leslie Cox and Charles Davis Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Julia Morris and S.E. Gardner; her sister, Eula Mae Gardner Driver; her brother, George Gardner; and her husband, Carlos E. Harris.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596; by phone at 1-800-AHA-USA1; or online at https://donate.americanheart.org/, or to the American Stroke Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067; by phone at (678) 385-2000, or online at www.strokeassociation.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
David Bailey
MANTACHIE – David Bailey, 64, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his home in the Centerville community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Iva Lee Buse
MANTACHIE – Iva Lee Buse, 68, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Cora Lee Smith
CORINTH – Cora Lee Smith, 94, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

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