Obituaries July 19, 2009

Tyson H. Norris
SALTILLO – Tyson H. Norris, 64, 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. today at Waters Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Bro. Harold Adair officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements
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.
Dile R. Cooper
DETROIT, ALA. – Dile R. Cooper, 89, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Carter Cemetery. Norwood Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Detroit United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Detroit, AL 35552.
Donnie Grisham
BOONEVILLE – Donald Barton “Donnie” Grisham, 52, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He worked at Prentiss Manufacturing for over 20 years and he was a faithful Baptist.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Chuck Hampton officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Jan (Harry) Ward of Tupelo and Joyce (Jim) Russnogle of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Bro. David (Sarah) Grisham of Jasper, Tenn., and Joey (Debbie) Grisham of Booneville; four nieces, Celeste Grisham, A.J. Grisham, Lauren Russnogle and Jessica Burke; and three nephews, Drew Grisham, Matthew Russnogle and Jonathan Russnogle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonard and Mary Grisham; and one niece, Stephanie Russnogle.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Raymond Buggs
HOULKA – Raymond Buggs died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Donnie Ray Haney
DENNIS – Donnie Ray Haney, 62, died July 18, 2009, at the Huntsville Hospital. He was born March 10, 1947, in Alabama to Raymond and Dora Thornburg Haney. He was the shop foreman and diesel mechanic for STI in Red Bay, Ala. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Matthew Haney, Bro. Jerry George, Bro. Scott Wilson and Bro. Eddie Watts officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Haney of Dennis; three sons, Michael Haney (Sandy) of Burnsville and Matthew Haney (Carissa) and Jonathan Haney (Lacey), both of Belmont; five grandchildren, Ashley Ross (Greg), Cari Beth Haney, Case Haney, Cali Haney and Cade Haney; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Ross and Presley Kate Ross; four sisters, Shirley Lindley (David), Dollie Robinson, Sue Kuykendall and Wilma Ashley (Johnny), all of Red Bay.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wanda Charlotte Haney; his father and mother-in-law, Orville and Ruth Ewing; and two brothers-in-law, T.C. Robinson and Bobby Ewing.
Pallbearers will be Jason Taylor, Daryl Ewing, Ben Spigner, Rodney Kuykendall, Allen Lindley, Tim Lindley, Benny Kuykendall, Donald Kuykendall, Glendon Ashley and Randy Goddard.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Lloyd “Peanut” Rhodes, Robert Holland, Doug Byrd, John Dabbs and Baxter Nunley.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. today until service time Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
James W. Masula
BELDEN – James Wade Masula, 86, died Saturday, July 18 , 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Turtle Creek, Pa., to the late John and Anna Masula. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Pharmacist’s Mate. While in service, he met his wife of 64 years, Edna Blalock Masula, who was also serving in the U.S. Navy at the time. They married on May 7, l945, and made their home in the Pittsburg area before moving to the family farm near Belden in l978. He was the self employed owner/operator of Precision Dental Labs. He was an active member of St. James Catholic Church, the VFW and enjoyed bowling at Rebel Lanes where he won many trophies. He loved his farm and fishing and especially enjoyed the waters in Canada and the Great Lakes area and Lake Erie. An avid Pittsburg Steelers and Pirates fan, he enjoyed his trademark cigars.
Funeral Mass will be said at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery near Belden. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Dianne Pirani; his grandson, Jason Masula, both of Belden; his brother, Ronald Masula of North Versailles, Pa.; his sister-in-law, Dovie Beasley (George) of Belden; and his brother-in-law, Ernest Blalock (Gusti) of Charleston, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna who died May 14, 2009; his parents; and his siblings.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Helen Cox
HICKORY FLAT – Helen Ruth Cox, 69, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born June 21, 1940, to the late Price and Anna Hull Robinson. She was the widow of the late Robert A. Cox. She was a Methodist and a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Potts Camp Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Juanita Cox and Rita Cox, both of Hickory Flat; and her brother, Jimmy Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Iva Lee Buse
MANTACHIE – Iva Lee Buse, 68, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Itawamba County to Harvey and Maulsie Bowen Guntharp. She was a member of the Skyline Baptist Church. She was one of the first home health aides employed with North Mississippi Medical Center. A people person, she loved reading, working outside and spending time with her family.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Center Star Cemetery in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Bro. Castor Buse, of Mantachie; two sons, Terry Buse (Carrie) of Mantachie and Jordan Buse of the home; one daughter, Tammy Spradling (Jerry) of Mantachie; two brothers, Vic Guntharp (Jane) of Fulton and Jerry Guntharp (Linda) of Fawn Grove; one sister, Corinne Williams of Pearl; two grandchildren, Casey Spradling and Dustin Buse; a sister-in-law, Betty Guntharp of Waterford, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, Joe Burks of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Laurie Buse; a granddaughter, Jessica Buse; a brother, Cecil Guntharp; and a sister, Mary Burks.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Buse’s memory to a church of the donor’s choice.
Hubert McCarter
PONTOTOC – Hubert “Leon” McCarter, 74, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Pontotoc County to O.C. McCarter and Eleanor Louise Barton McCarter. He was married Feb. 27, 1957, to his wife of 52 years, Polly Franklin McCarter. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and also served in the Korean War. He worked for many years as a salesman for Sid-Harvey/ACR Control Temp Supply. He was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church in the Juba community. He was a member of the National Riffle Association, enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Burial will follow in Guinn Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Polly of Pontotoc; daughter, Brenda Collums (Danny) of Toccopola; three sons, Billy McCarter, Robert McCarter and David McCarter, all of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Haley and Lauren Collums of Toccopola; and one brother, William Robert McCarter (Maude) of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren, Joseph and Leslie Collums.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday.
David Bailey
MANTACHIE – Brady David Bailey, 64, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his residence in the Centerville community. He was born July 2, 1945, in Tennessee to Brady and Dorothy Collins Bailey. He grew up in Charleston and retired from AT&T Lucent after 35 years of service. He was owner of Mantachie Driving Range. He was a member of the Mantachie Church of Christ. He was actively involved with the Mantachie FFA and Golf Team. He served as president of the MS Angus Association and the FFA Alumni. He was an advisor for the MS Junior Angus Association and an officer for the NE Angus Association. He was past-president of the local chapter of CWA.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Minister Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gwyn Bailey, of Mantachie; two daughters, Sheri Bailey of Williamsport, Md., and Lisa Bailey of Charlotte, N.C.; his mother, Dorothy Kihnl of Batesville; two sisters, Ellen Clark and Susan Reed, both of Batesville; and two brothers, Gerald Bailey of Vicksburg and Ricky Bailey of Phoenix.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a son, Ryder Walton.
Pallbearers will be C. W. Franks, Anthony Franks, Joe Rogers, Gerald Bailey, Mike Clark and Wayne Reed.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Elton L. Wallace
EFFINGHAM, ILL. – Elton L. “Nick” Wallace, 67, formerly of Fulton, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, after a sudden illness. Born July 10, 1942, in Red Bay, Ala., he was raised on a farm in Fulton in the Clay community. He attended Itawamba High School. A former employee of Hancock Fabric, he opened his own fabric store in Effingham, Ill., in 1969, where he ran a successful retail store for 35 years. He also owned and operated Wallace Shoe Store and Wallace Mobile Homes. He was an accomplished skeet shooter and hunter and he enjoyed boating and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Dale Wallace (Terri) of Effingham, Ill.; daughter, Vicki Wallace Peden of Brentwood, Tenn.; grandchildren, Ashlyn Wallace and Jenna Hoppus; brothers, Billy Wallace, Bobby Joe Wallace, Gerald Wallace and Ted Wallace; sisters, Wanda Joyce Miller, Peggy Whitt and Shirley Guntharp; and his half brother and sister, Dewey “Bud” Cowart and Ruth Philpot.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mary Nix
PONTOTOC – Mary Elinor Nix, 52, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with burial in the Zion Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William Nix of Tupelo; stepsons, Kevin Nix (Janet) and Billy Joe Nix, both of Tupelo; stepgrandchildren, Samantha Grace, Kathy, Gary, Steve and Neil; brother, Thomas A Horton of Saltillo; sisters, Judith Nichols of Baldwyn, Rebecca Johnson of Pontotoc, and Linda Horton of Tupelo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Horton and Rubenia Zybinsky.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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