Obituaries July 2, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Helen Forbes
TUPELO – Helen R. Forbes, 85, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Tupelo Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Tupelo on Aug. 27, 1923, to James Monroe Forbes and Lottie Susie Forbes. She lived in New York for 50 years, where she worked as a government employee. She loved to crochet, knit, watch CNN and be with her family, who lovingly called her “Aunt Helen.” She united with Lane Chapel CME Church in Tupelo at an early age. Upon returning to Mississippi from New York, she continued to be faithful to Lane Chapel until her health failed. Her conviction in her Lord remained strong, and she never missed a chance to thank God for her family and friends.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at Porters Memorial Park in Tupelo. The Rev. Cheryl Penson will officiate. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Pamela (Terry) Ezell of Tupelo; a stepgranddaughter, Jacqueline Renee Dyson of Columbus; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Dai’Sean Anthony Young, Kayla Renee Dyson and Kameron Terell Dyson of Columbus; three nephews and one niece, James (Louise) Middlebrooks, Monrobie Jennings and Roy Nails, all of Tupelo, and Johnny M. Middlebrooks of Brooklyn, NY; a special friend of 50 years, Selena Dunston of Brooklyn, NY; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Susie Forbes, and her 12 siblings.
C.R. Mauney
RIPLEY – C.R. Mauney, 82, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
L.C. Griffin Jr.
MEMPHIS – L.C. Griffin Jr., 65, formerly of Holly Springs, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at the Delta Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. 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 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.
Liza Glover
HOLLY SPRINGS – Liza Turnage Glover, 78, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.
Vicki Johnson
FULTON – Vicki Lynn Vail Johnson, 52, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Sept. 29, 1956, in Waukegan, Ill. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed cooking and word search puzzles.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Kennedy and Bro. Steve Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Johnson of Fulton; one son, Marcus Little (Heather) of Fulton; one daughter, Melissa (Joey) Taylor of Fulton; her parents, Wayne and Louise Vail of Fulton; her grandchildren, Braxton West, Emma Kate Block, Edward Thomas Little, and Morgan and Dylan Taylor; one brother, Tim (Teresa) Vail of Fulton; one sister, Peggy Vail of Fulton; nieces and nephews, David (Denise) Futrell, Michael Schroepfer, Adam (Kala) Vail, Andy (Melody) Vail, Sheena Schroepfer and Leya Vail; nine great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alvie Middleton, Elsie Middleton, Eva Lou Vail and Martin Vail.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
Bobby Chandler
TUPELO – Bobby B. “Pepsi Cola” Chandler, 66, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Ira Jury Jr.
NEW SITE – Ira Jury Jr., 84, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Victory Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Robinson officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruby Hill Jury; a daughter, Dee Moan Haile (Dan) of Beach Park, Ill.; a son, Spencer Jury (Kathy) of Kenosha, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Carol Knox (Larry) of Leonardtown, Md.; a stepson, Tommy Fortner (Carol) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; a son-in-law, Barry Myers; two sisters, Marjie Grant (Bill) of Champagne, Ill., and Joan Traft (Jerry) of Rockford, Ill.; three brothers, Ralph Jury (Verda), Russell Jury (Mary) and Roger Jury (Erda), all of Rockford, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Dusty, Clint, Shawn, Andy, Tony, Spencer Jr. and Stacie; seven great-grandchildren, Nolan, Brandon, Josh, Danielle, Chelsea, Racheal and Nicolas; one great-great-grandchild, Connor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Isabell Jury; a stepdaughter, Patricia Myers; and a brother, Richard Jury.
Pallbearers will be Larry Knox, Tony Knox, Barry Myers, Andy Myers, Tommy Fortner and Dusty Fortner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Bobby Hankins
TUPELO – Bobby Hankins, 71, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of Tupelo, he was born March 15, 1938, to George Washington and Myrtle Loyd Hankins. In addition to working as an electrician, he also operated the projector at the Lyric Theater for 17 years and at the Lee Drive-In for several years. He loved coaching softball, fishing and vegetable gardening. He was married to Marsena Joy Martin Hankins, who died in April 1961, and to Eddie Sue Ellis Hankins, who died June 2, 1999. He was affiliated with Calvary Assembly.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Danny Hankins and the Rev. Ben Raper officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include six children, Robby Hankins (Joy) of Plantersville, Bobbie Sue Wigginton (Brad) of Florence, Ala., Rebecca Chea (David) of Orlando, Fla., Kellie Arnold (Warren) of Mooreville, Eric Hankins of Skyline and Brad Hankins of Skyline; 16 grandchildren, Cody and Daniel Hankins, Elizabeth Childers, Samantha and Lauren Wigginton, T.C., Brandon, Thi-Anna and Andrew Che, Marcus, Michelle and Emily Putt, and Eric, Nikki, Madison and Connor Hankins; three great-grandchildren, Ava Che, Serenity Chea and Wesley Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; two brothers, Hoyle and G.L. Hankins; and a sister, Billye McNutt.
Pallbearers will be David McGhee, David McDonald, and his grandsons, T.C. Che, Brandon Che, Marcus Putt and Cody Hankins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Betty Turner
SALTILLO – Betty Morgan Turner, 71, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born April 4, 1938, in the Fawn Grove community to Grady C. and Geneva Lee Murphy Morgan. Raised in Mooreville, she was valedictorian of the 1956 graduating class of Mooreville High School. She then attended Itawamba Community College. She moved to Saltillo in 1965, where she resided since that time. She was the secretary for Saltillo School for 22 years, retiring in 2000. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and loved any kind of fishing. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and traveling. She adored her family and friends and was devoted to taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Turner Gentry of Saltillo, Penny Turner Sharp and husband, Dale, of Tupelo, and Leah Turner Barrett and husband, Joey, of Saltillo; one sister, Jo Ellen Irvin and husband, Bobby, of Dorsey; one brother, William Morgan of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Morgan Gentry, Claire Gentry, Calvin Lower, Lora Beth Barrett, Neal Barrett, David Sharp (Leigh), Stacy Sharp and Robin Nanney (Jay); two great-grandchildren, Ella Claire Sharp and Hunter Nanney; a very special friend, Therrel M.(Bozy) Porch of East Union; a host of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Carruth and husband, Richard “Dick” Carruth.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Carruth, Kris Irvin, David Sharp, Jimmy Gault, Evan Gault and Johnny Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Mac Porch, Joe Porch, Maury Giachelli, Keegan Porch, Chase Porch and Dan Porch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Thomas Catholic Church of Saltillo in care of St. James Catholic Church, 812 Lakeshire, Tupelo MS 38801; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lester Patterson
FULTON – Lester Patterson, 68, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
William Davis Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Davis Jr., 52, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at noon Friday at Chulahoma M.B. Church at Chulahoma. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Nella Ruth Spencer
RED BAY, Ala. – Nella Ruth Spencer, 77, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at her residence. She was born July 19, 1931, in Red Bay, Ala., to Franklin and Mattie Pearl Barker Strawbridge. She was a welder with KD Metal for 13 years and a member of Eastside Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Danny Fuller and Bro. Elmo Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors are her daughter, Rita Sheryl Blunt (Eddie) of Red Bay; one sister, Betty Smith (Bobby) of Red Bay; two brothers, Otis Strawbridge (Carolyn) and Larry Strawbridge (Jannis), all of Red Bay; her caregiver, Laura Rogers; four grandchildren, Tonya Morris (Eddy) of Smithville, Laura Rogers, Tony Rogers (Pollyanna) and Brandon Blunt, all of Red Bay; three great-grandchildren, Makenna Gober, Jadi Rogers and Cayden Rogers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Spencer.
Pallbearers will be Ken Reid, Tim Smith, Jordan Massey, Alex Smith, David Smith and Shelia Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Rogers and Brandon Blunt.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
James Pigott
PICAYUNE – James Horris Pigott, 92, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. He was a native and lifelong resident of Pearl River County. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and supervisor of maintenance at Crosby Chemical Co. He was a member Harmony Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 50 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Harmony Baptist Church in Picayune. The Rev. Brock Cutre will officiate. Burial will be in Flat Top Cemetery. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Rae Pigott of Picayune; two daughters, Nan Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jean Navoy, both of Picayune; three sons, James “Bud” Pigott of Foley, Ala., Charles G. Pigott of Guntown and Larry T. Pigott of Picayune; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lavern Pigott and Vernon Pigott, both of Picayune. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.P. and Nancy Elizabeth Pigott.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Pearl River Community College Development Fund designated for the James H. and Minnie Rae Pigott Scholarship Fund, 101 Hwy. 11 North, Poplarville, MS .
Visit the website at www.mcdonaldfh.com for the guest registry.
Jimmy Rhea
HOUSTON – Jimmy Franklin Rhea, 69, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, in Chickasaw County. He was born July 14, 1939, in Chickasaw County to Thomas Jackson Rhea and Lucille Griffin Rhea. He was the owner-operator of Western Flyer Xpress. He was a member of McCondy Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Macedonia Methodist Church in Houston with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Pate Rhea of Houston; four daughters, Sonya Rhea Thompson of Hueytown, Ala., Donna Rhea of Meridian, Margaret Rhea of Starkville and Nita Rhea of Ohio; one stepson, Douglas Pritchett (Michelle) of Gordo, Ala.; one son, Jimmie Wayne Rhea of Tupelo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bennon “Skinny” Rhea (Linda) of Cedar Bluff; two sisters, Charolette Ann Posey of St. Pete, Fla., and Alice Griffin (Paul) of Calhoun City; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macedonia Methodist Church.
Queen Esther Pickens
OKOLONA – Queen Esther Catledge Pickens, 53, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 11, 1956, to Eloise Below Catledge and the late Sylvester Catledge. She received her education from the Houston Schools. She was a jailer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and a certified truck driver and cosmetologist. She was a supervisor for Franklin Collection in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donnell Cherry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James W. Pickens of Okolona; her mother, Eloise Catledge of Houston; two daughters, Merenia Pickens of Detroit, Mich., and Jameka Pickens of Aberdeen; one son, James C. Pickens of Okolona; four sisters, Canzator Gillespie of Houston, Lizzie L. Barnett of Olive Branch, Betty Mable (Carl) of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Joann C. Harper (Adolph Jr.) of Ackerman, Ohio; one brother, Sammie Catledge (Amber) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
Joe McCarthy
HALLS, Tenn. – Joe Massey McCarthy, 80, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the Dyersburg Regional Hospital in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Ratliff.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Halls with Dr. Trent Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Halls Cemetery. Halls Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda McCarthy of Halls, Tenn.; one daughter, Gara McCarthy Strong of Halls, Tenn.; three brothers, John Owen McCarthy and Billy Jack McCarthy, both of Mantachie, and Charlie Scott McCarthy of Fulton; one sister, Margaret Pedigo of Baldwyn; one granddaughter, Heidi Strong Elbarky; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti Jo McCarthy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vision Fund at the Halls First Baptist Church.
Calvin Holloway
MACEDONIA – Calvin Holloway, 85, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Centerville native and lifelong resident of the Macedonia community, he was born May 30, 1924, to William Riley and Mattie Pugh Holloway. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge. Earlier in his life, he worked a number of years at Daybrite but most of his working life was spent as a self-employed licensed electrician and plumber. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. David Walters and Rev. Billy Foster officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Bolen Holloway of Macedonia; two sons, David Holloway of Tupelo and Terry Holloway (Beverly) of Macedonia; one sister, Emma Stanford of Memphis; four grandchildren, Angie Voyles (Anthony) of Kirkville, Rechelle Holloway of Mantachie, Greg Holloway of Saltillo and Jason Holloway (Chelsea) of Blue Springs; two great-grandchildren, Chip Ausbern of Nettleton and Braxton Voyles of Kirkville; and a special friend, Lois Holloway of Saltillo; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Bertha Towery, Flossie Crowder, Magalene Marks, Carus Booker and Fleta Mae Warren.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Voyles, Chip Ausbern, Michael Talbot, Barry Bolen, and Larry, Ricky, Tommy and Roger Coker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James Swindle Jr.
JACKSON – James Earl Swindle Jr., 7-week-old son of James Earl Swindle Sr. and Stacey Gail Swindle, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Park’s Garden of Innocence with Bro. Dave Heg officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, James Earl Swindle Sr. and Stacey Gail Swindle of Jackson; four sisters, his twin Zoey Swindle and Allyssa Swindle, both of Jackson, and Victoria Swindle and Ariel Swindle, both of Houma, La.; his grandparents, Tom and Mona Swindle of Tupelo, Jan and Jeff Thomas of Meridian, Earnest and Gail Knight of Amory, and Dennis and Lisa Heg of Seneca, S.C.; his great-grandparents, Louise Jackson of Booneville, Hortense Stanford of Ecru and George Heg of Seneca, S.C.; his great-great-grandmother, Annie Kelley of Tupelo; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Bessie Jenkins
OXFORD – Bessie Jenkins, 81, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Abbeville. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mable Miller
VERONA – Mable Trice Miller, 69, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.