Obituaries July 19, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Denver Cayson
TUPELO – Denver Cayson, 73, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Hamilton, Ala., to James Arthur and Mildred Catherine Goodson. He lived most of his life in California before moving to Tupelo 17 years ago. He worked in California as a pool plasterer and later worked in food service at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He enjoyed reading and watching horse races.
Services with military honors will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Minister Joe Connell officiating. A private burial will follow in Center Star Cemetery in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday.
He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Cayson of Anaheim, Calif., and Stephanie Cayson of Riverside, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; sisters, Julia Alice McCray and Joyce Marie Smith, both of Tupelo, Virginia Faye Pratt of Phillcampbell, Ala., and Janice Smith of Hamilton, Ala.; brothers, James Dual Cayson of Sunland, Calif., and Johnny Felton Cayson of Hamilton, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, children; Lisa Cayson and Carleen Cayson; and his fiancée, Sue Nell Franks.
Pallbearers are Charles Goodson, Bob Smith, Ronnie Dutcher and D.L. Parker. Honorary pallbearers are Dorothy Davis, Trent Donald, Donna Blackburn, Bessie Tate and Florine Crawford.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Patricia Gardner
CORINTH – Patricia Ann Gardner, 75, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill.

Louise Taylor
BALDWYN – Louise Taylor died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Robert E. Plunkett
HATLEY – Robert Earl Plunkett, 71, died on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on April 4, 1940, in Athens, he was a son of the late William Dewey and Rosie Ellen McDonald Plunkett. Mr. Plunkett attended Becker Schools. Having worked at True Temper Sports, Amory Garment and Metro Design, he retired from Walker Manufacturing after 14 years of service. He was a member of The Peoples Tabernacle in Sulligent. He was a former member of the Lions Club. Spending time with his wife and family, especially the family cookouts, were very important to him. He enjoyed cooking, watching television, going for car rides, fishing, camping, and listening to country and gospel music. Having a witty personality who never met a stranger, he loved to talk with people.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Janette Williams Plunkett of Hatley; sisters, Lavada Sanders of River Oaks, Texas, and Mary Ellen Northington of Amory; brother, Bud Plunkett (Peggy) of Amory; nieces and nephews, Brenda Gail Brazil, Mary Gene Cash, Dennis Sanders, Jerry Sanders, Bruce Sanders, Kathy Pottee, Donald Wayne Plunkett and Tammy Plunkett; and special friends, Sammy Jo Williams and Ricky Story.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Thomas Plunkett; and nephews, Thomas Eugene and William Earl Plunkett.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Blaylock and Bro. Jamie Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Beeks Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Plunkett, Sam Williams, William Keller, John Walden, Cody Kennedy and Mike Kennedy. Honorary pallbearer will be Donald Wayne Plunkett.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

William Mason
STEENS – William Perry Mason, 74 , died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at his residence. Mr. Mason was born March 28, 1937, in Steens to Edward Alexander Mason and Tennie “Peggy” Mason Johnson. He was a lifetime resident of Steens and a member of Lone Oak Church of Christ, where he served as an elder. He retired in 2002 after 20 years as a business owner of the Ole Country Store and Mason Tire and Lube.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Curtis officiating and Eddie Lawson assisting. Interment will be in Lone Oak Cemetery at Steens. Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Curtis Mason of Steens; a daughter, Melodie Mason (George) Heath of Tupelo; a son, William Mark (Lisa) Mason of Steens; stepchildren, Melissa Curtis (Michael) Dodson of Caledonia and Pamella Curtis (Scott) Oswalt of Columbus; a sister, Sara Mason Slatery of Glen Burnie, Md.; three grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Lowe Mason; a sister, Inez Mason Graham; and three brothers, Marshall Mason, Albert Mason and Clayton Mason.
Pallbearers are Charles Bush, Michael Dodson, Brent Mitchell, Keith Mitchell, Scott Oswalt and Jerry Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers are Bruce Irwin, Wayne Logan, Ralph Logan, Bill Heath, Henry Hall, Perry Bush, Bob Hemphill, Henry Vaughn, Teddy Burton, Willis Logan, Phillip Bell and the men of Lone Oak Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Lovie Magers
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Lovie Mae Bradley Magers, 98, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Summit View in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She was formerly of the Friendship community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Minister Ethel Davis
OKOLONA – Minister Ethel “Madear” Davis, 70, died Thursday, July 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She loved God and that love was displayed in the way she loved her family and people everywhere. She left a lasting impression on all she met. She was born Feb. 22, 1941, to Arzell and Adella-Gates Moore in Chickasaw County. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, who was always seeking ways to help people anyway that she could. She married to Willie T. Davis Sr. in 1961. They had four children and adopted many, many more throughout the years. She was a former member of Center Hill M.B. Church Houlka and Sunrise Church of God of Prophecy Okolona, and was currently a member of Zion Temple Church of God of Prophecy in Aberdeen, but she was no stranger to all churches no matter the denomination.
She attended Houlka Schools. In 1981, she completed Bible Training Institute in Cleveland, Tenn. She was a minister and served as interim pastor at Zion Temple in 1991-1992. She enjoyed sponsoring gospel singings and her annual community Christmas dinner for the last 10 years. She was a former employee at North Mississippi Medical Center and Reed Manufacturing in Tupelo for 25 years. She was an agent for Williams Memorial Funeral Home for a number of years.
Survivors include her four children, Myra Davis and Jacqueline (Sammy “Tony” Jr.) Brown, both of Okolona, Willie T. (Carolyn) Davis Jr. of Tupelo, Shirley (Donnell) White of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Leah Davis, Sydni Davis, Samuel Brown and Joshua Brown; sisters, Polly Johnson of Houlka, Adella (Johnny) Everett and Estella Moore, both of Okolona, Katie Mae McMillian of Aberdeen; brothers, Willie D. (Ethel) Moore and Johnny (Cheryl) Moore, both of Houlka, Malachi (Janie) Johnson of Seattle, Wash., Paul Johnson of Shannon; the sons and daughters of the late Lee Pharris and Zuddie Johnson; the sons and daughters of the late Hal and Angolia Heard; aunts, Ida Mae Betts and Lottie Mae Hill of Houlka; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara Ann Moore (Albert), Pearline Bray, Inez Woods, Beverly Sue (Willis) Narcisse, Jimmy Williams, David Williams, Leonard Williams, James Lynn (Deneka) Chaney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Jocelyn Brown; brothers, Joe Lee Moore, James Moore, J.V. Moore and Robert Moore; and sisters, Fannie Kate Braylock, Lillie Bell Moore, Cora Orr, Emma Parker and Annie Kate Ivy.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Crosspointe Ministries in Tupelo with Minister Willie T. Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A wake and memorial service will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Darden Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona.

Rhonie Royston
POTTS CAMP – Rhonie Lenell Royston, 62, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at his home in Benton County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Royston Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Dorothy Hughes
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Dorothy Ellen Yancey Hughes, 87, died Sunday, July 17, 2011.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Rudell Richardson
ECRU – Betty Rudell Richardson, 100, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born in Texas on Jan. 4, 1911, to John Simpson Coleman and Ella Frances Hansen Coleman. She spent most of her life in Ecru before moving to Mooreville to live with her son. She was a devoted housewife and attended First Baptist Church of Verona. She loved cooking and gardening, which was evident by her green thumb. A loving mother, she was a friend to all.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. David Hamilton and Bro. Mark Howard officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include her two sons, Bobby Richardson of Mooreville and Roy C. Richardson of South Roxana, Ill.; one sister, Maybelle Andrews of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Richardson; two brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Bill Donald, Butch Edwards, Wayne Butler, Kell Sheffield, Jimmy Renick and Vic Chisholm.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mae Cornelius
MANTACHIE – Lizzie Mae Nichols Cornelius, 94, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born Dec. 13, 1916, the last surviving child of Thomas R. and Luella J. Nichols of the Centerville community. She was a charter member of Centerville Baptist Church, serving the church faithfully for many years. She retired from Mantachie Manufacturing Company in 1979.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Greg Jones officiating. Burial will be the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one granddaughter, Katrina Wesson (Lance); one grandson, Jason Grissom (Heather); her former son-in-law, David Grissom (Peggy); and her great-grandchildren, Jonathan Wesson, Ryan Wesson, Loden Grissom and Abby Kate Grissom, all of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hulie Cornelius; her daughter, Diane Grissom; four sisters, Zora Mattox, Oma Moore, Erma Farrar and Hattie Harbor; and five brothers, Dewey Nichols, Raymond Nichols, Amos Nichols, Bill Nichols and P.C. Nichols.
Pallbearers will be Kacey Harbor, Phil Harbor, George McMullen, Robert Evans, Ben Ingram, Steve Bramlett, Derek Nichols and Cole Carruth.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

R.D. Homer
SALTILLO – R.D. Homer, 81, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born in Saltillo on June 18, 1930, to Ed and Gracie Dunaway Homer. He was a lifelong Saltillo resident. He worked many years as a roofer with Abernathy and Clark. His faith was Church of Christ.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. James Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Lucille Homer, Genell Lester and Earline Thrasher; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby Homer; and two sisters, Pauline Bell and Agnes Wheeler.
Pallbearers will be Danny Dunaway, Johnathan Raines, John Ellward, Guy Dunaway, Ricky Jackson and Allen Jackson.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ollie Faye McNabb
MEMPHIS – Ollie Faye Street McNabb, 77, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born in Tippah County on Oct. 12, 1933, to Monroe and Velma Simpson Street. She was a retired transportation manager for Diesel Recon in Memphis. She was a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Ground Cemetery in Walnut with Bro. Steve Carpenter officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Moore of Memphis and Cindy Montoya (Richard) of Munford, Tenn., one son, Cliff McNabb (Debbie) of Memphis; five grandchildren, Brad McNabb, Christopher Moore, Jessica Montoya, Drew Montoya, Ben Montoya; three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Charlotte Gately, Pearl Roten, Isa Bell Graham and Blanche Reed; and two brothers, Harold Street and Perrin Street.
Family visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at her home at 4678 Tutwiler in Memphis.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Joel Nichols
DORSEY – Joel Nichols, 58, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Tupelo on Jan. 15, 1953, to Leon Nichols and Blanche Smith Nichols. A lifelong Lee Countian, he was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. He was a 20-year veteran of the Tupelo Fire Department, and also worked for Nichols Sharpening Service for many years. He was an avid golfer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Steve Nichols and Rev. Jeff Nichols officiating and Cliff Nichols delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Gilvo Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Thomas Nichols; his daughter, Marsha Phillips (Roy) of Baldwyn; three brothers, Steve Nichols (Cheryl) of Tupelo, Cliff Nichols (Cris) of Saltillo and Jeff Nichols (Debbie) of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters-in law, Sandra McMillen (James) of Fulton and Marsha Hancock (Bill) of Pasadena, Texas; his brother-in-law, Bobby Thomas (Jan) of Bay Springs; two grandchildren, Kayla and Scott Phillips of Baldwyn; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Joseph Clifton.
Pallbearers will be David Pearce, Ronnie Dean Brandon, Michael Nichols, Ross Nichols, Brad McMillen and Bobby Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be retired members of the Tupelo Fire Department.
Memorials may be made to the church of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Willie O’Bannon
TUPELO – Willie Mae Bennett Ratliff O’Bannon, 76, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born in Itawamba County to Hoyle Bennett and Rachel Mills Bennett. She spent most of her life in Nettleton before relocating to Tupelo. A homemaker, she was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Tupelo. She was devoted to her church, loved her church family and was especially fond of flower gardening. She centered her life around her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and her church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Pentecostal Church of Tupelo with the Rev. Larry Hill and theRev. James Smith officiating. Private burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Wednesday at the church.
Survivors include her two daughters, Susan Jolly (Phil) of Nettleton and Sharon Rooks (Sonny) of Amory; her stepdaughter, Beverly Wallace (Jim) of Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Randall Bennett (Mary) of Amory, Charlie Bennett (Joan) of Nettleton and Bonnie Bennett (Paulette) of Amory; three sisters, Nell Sargent (Tommy) of Nettleton, Opal Bishop of Nettleton and Twiller Faye Edwards Sanders (John) of Columbus; five grandchildren, Jon Rooks (Stacey) of Amory, Nicole Hall (Jeff), Amanda Hall (Phillip), Aleshia Dale (Johnny) and Alex Jolly (Kristie), all of Nettleton; two stepgrandchildren, Bart Wallace (Amanda) and Stephanie Wallace of Nashville, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Cole Hall, Nicolas Hall, Alandra Dale, Skyler Dale, Colby Hall, Hannah Brooke Hall, Paxton Hall, Anabelle Rooks and Parker Rooks.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Eugene Ratliff and Virgil O’Bannon; and her brother, Tinze Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Jon Rooks, Alex Jolly, Jeff Hall, Phillip Hall, Johnny Dale Jr., Bart Wallace and Dr. Roger Ratliff.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Clara Mae Key
BALDWYN – Clara Mae Key, 80, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at her home in Baldwyn. She was born April 6, 1931,in Lee County to Jeff and Mattie Cleveland. She was an active member of Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church. She was a member of the Senior Choir and Missionary Board, a Stewardess and attended weekly Bible study.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church with Rev. Carl Z. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Sandhill Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Gregory (Faye) Key of Baldwyn; two daughters, Mattie (Don) Knowles and Evelyn Key, both of Baldwyn; one sister, Evelyn Bender of Baldwyn; a brother-in-law, Hinton Pippin; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cumming Key; her parents; one daughter, Glenda Lynn Key; her sisters, Lucille Davenport, Mattie Glinsey, Missouri Barnett, Clytie Pippin and Justine Watts; and her brothers, E.O. Richardson, Leroy Copeland and James Richardson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at funeral home with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Vondon Spigner
MARIETTA – Vondon Spigner, 88, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at his home in the Ozark community. He played basketball at Itawamba High School in 1941 and 1942. He was in the United States Navy from 1944-1946. He graduated from Highway Patrol school in 1957. He retired from Rockwell Industries, he was a chicken farmer, and he drove a school bus for Houston and Mantachie schools. He enjoyed gardening and yard work, and he was an Itawamba High School football fan. He was a member of Ozark Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ozark Methodist Church with Bro. Joe Coggins, Bro. Jason Franklin and Bro. Glenn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Faye Spigner of Marietta; one son, Randy Spigner (Jennie) of Marietta; one daughter, Lesha Hood (Randy) of Marietta; six grandchildren, Deanna Dabbs (John), Ashley Kennedy (Davis), Ben Spigner (Christy), Josh Hood, Jared Spigner and Haliee Spigner; seven great-grandchildren, Maddison, Mallory and Logan Dabbs, Addy and Jaxon Kennedy, Chanton and Grayson Spigner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ila Barnes Spigner; two brothers, Cullen and Bruce Spigner; and three sisters. Syble Long, Luna Russell and Beulah Thrasher.
Pallbearers will be John Dabbs, Josh Hood, Ben Spigner, Davis Kennedy and Jared Spigner.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ozark Methodist Church.

Keith Hanlon
TUPELO – Roswell Keith Hanlon, 75, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at University of Alabama Medical Center at Birmingham. He was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to Roswell Keith and Mary Jane Blackmen Hanlon. He attended Memphis State University and from 1953 to 1958 he served in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. He was an ordained Baptist minister and began his ministry at Lamar Terrace Mission Church in Memphis. He was instrumental in founding the prison ministry at Shelby County Penal Systems. Later he served 15 years as the minister of Bethel Baptist Church in Coldwater. He was the owner of O’Hanlon’s Furniture Company located on Gloster Street for a number of years and also co-owned Mattress Direct from 2000 to 2009. He was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. Until declining health, he was an active volunteer with the Salvation Army. He loved fishing and traveling throughout the land, supporting his granchildren in their sporting interests.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Alfreda Hawkins Hanlon of Tupelo; two daughters, Callie Jones (Dean) of Germantown, Tenn., and Dawn Steinman (Ricky) of Tupelo; one son, Shaun Hanlon (Elizabeth) of LaCrosse, Wis.; one sister, Betty Kinnel of Jupiter, Fla.; one brother, Ted Hanlon (Shirley) of Grand Ledge, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Carly Yarber (Jason), Christopher Jones, Jessica Hanlon, Kevin Steinman, Meagan Jones, Katherine Steinman, Brandon Jones and Jasmine Steinman; one great-granddaughter, Maggie Ray Yarber.
Pallbearers will be Billy Haygood, Max Sturdivant, Blue Logan, John Smith, Derwood Tutor, Ken Pickens, Dick Stevens and Billy Joe Pierce.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Bulding Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Maurine Walden
TISHOMINGO – Maurine Posey Walden, 93, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.