Obituaries July 20, 2010

Katie Knighton
SHANNON – Katie Louise Knighton 78, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Union County to John Louis Higgins and Jeanetta Andrews Higgins. She had worked for Fine Jewelry in sales. She loved cooking, sewing, traveling in their RV and garden work.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Dr. Wayne Berry officiating.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Travis Knighton of Shannon; two daughters, Carolyn Rempa (Daniel) of New Albany and Anita Knighton Low of Texas; one sister, Lanelle Tate (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; three brothers, Roger Higgins of Pittsburg, Pa., Reggie Higgins (Bonnie) of Indiana and Ross Higgins of Arkansas; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi Patient Assistance- NMMC Pontotoc, 176 South Main St., P.O. Box 790, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Elma Robinson
HOUSTON – Elma Robinson, 87, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Robert Robinson
ABERDEEN – Robert “Bo Peep” Robinson, 70, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Bill Appleton
OXFORD – Virgle Edward “Bill” Appleton, 85, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Panola County, Mr. Appleton was a tank driver in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the City of Oxford, where he was a policeman and supervisor of the city cemeteries for many years. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member and usher of Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Claire Dobbs and the Rev. Frank Poole officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Appleton of Oxford; two daughters, Sarah Jane Appleton Sparks and husband, Marvin, of Pontotoc, and Rebecca Lynne Appleton of Oxford; four sisters, Dorothy Ford and Jewel McGehee of Sardis, Martha Fowler of Batesville and Laura Jeannie Harden of Nesbit; one brother, Macel V. Appleton Sr. of Sardis; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Edward Appleton, and grandson, Kenneth Alan Sparks.
Memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
For online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
In honor of Mr. Appleton’s service to our country, the flag of the U.S. Army is being flown over Waller Funeral Home during services.

Fred Whitley
BOONEVILLE – Freddie Lee “Fred” Whitley, 82, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his residence in Booneville after an extended illness. He was born on Feb. 15, 1928, the son of William Audie Whitley and Cora Alice Livingston Whitley. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He became a Christian and a member of the Booneville Church of Christ on Feb. 3, 1971. He was a retired employee of the Borden Milk Company and a bus driver for the Booneville School District. He enjoyed his family, ball games, western movies and attending church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Tommy Baragona, Minister Johnny Sherrill, Rickey Neaves and Eddie Mauney officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel Franks Whitley; three daughters, Pamela Wheeler Parker of Booneville, Alice Garrett of Vidalia, La., and Melinda Hinson of Natchez; two sons, Mickey Dale Wheeler (Sandra) of Pine Grove and Kenny Wayne Wheeler (Lisa) of Booneville; two sisters, Annie Mae Bennett and Louise Sherrill both of Booneville; 18 grandchildren, Justin Parker, Jacklyn Parker Byrd (Brandon), Jeriona Parker, Jannah Beth Parker, Hunter Hinson (Sarah), Michael Garrett (Courtney), Waylon Garrett (David Derrick), Laci Garrett Gibson (John Paul), Sean Wheeler Cox, Jodi Wheeler, Wesley Wheeler, Britt Wheeler, Miranda Wheeler, Amy Wheeler, William Ross Wheeler, Bobbie Wheeler, Casey Wheeler and Georgiana Whitley; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenny Wayne “Snatch” Whitley; and three brothers, James Whitley, Eugene Whitley and Luther Whitley.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Bennett, David Maxwell, Quitman Wigginton, Buster Green, Gordon Whitley and Kenny Bennett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry George, Tim McCoy, Larry Taylor and Brent Taylor.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Charline Lovell
BALDWYN – Nora Charline Lovell, 86, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 6, 1924, to R.D. and Irma Boren. She was a retired employee of North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn. She had resided at The Meadows in Fulton for the past 2 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Roy) Cresap of Fulton and Diane Pannell of Rochester, Minn.; one sister, Pat McBrayer of Saltillo; one brother, R.D. (Geritta) Boren Jr. of Booneville; her grandchildren, Brad (Lisa) Cresap and Brian (Paige) Cresap, both of Fulton, Tine (Craig) Lindsey of Birmingham, Kim Thomas and Jessica Haskins, both of Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Caden, Peyton and Regan Cresap. Shana, Jacob and Sophia Lindsey, and Madison Schmoll.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Lovell; four sisters, Avis Ryan, Lula Faye Lovell, Geraldine Heavener and Bessie Mae Swinney; and three brothers, J.C. Boren, Billy Wayne Boren and Elton Boren.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 337, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Rick Griffin
CORINTH – Rick L. Griffin, 54, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born July 27, 1955, in Chicago to Charles and Effie Pounds Griffin. He served in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of sergeant. He received the National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Rifle Sharp Shooter Award. Before becoming disabled he worker for B&B Fence, and Taylor Heating and Air, and as a machinist and diesel mechanic. He was a member of the VFW.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Gerald Hadley officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Booneville.
Survivors include his daughter, Valerie Griffin Webb (fiancé, Ricky Quinn) of LaVergne, Tenn.; his mother, Effie P. Griffin; one sister, Cindy Burress of Corinth; two brothers, David and Danny Griffin of Corinth; three grandchildren, Hunter Webb, Kaitlin Webb and Skylar Quinn.; nephews, Hayden Burress and David Griffin Jr.; niece, Haley Burress; cousins, Larry LeFever and Nancy Wasnecki.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Griffin; his grandparents, Lawrence Pounds, Rhoda Belle Mathis, and Clarence and Fannie Griffin; and an aunt, Lillie LeFever.
Pallbearers will be Danny Griffin, David Griffin, Ricky Quinn, Hayden Burress, Larry LeFever, Jerry Clayton and Scott Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers will be his doctors and staff at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
Condolence can be made at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Dorothy Hall
VINA, Ala. – Dorothy Hall, 76, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at her residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sparks Chapel Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.

Greg Pulley
JONESBORO, Ark. – John Gregory “Greg” Pulley, 45, died suddenly Saturday, July 17, 2010, at his home in Jonesboro, Ark. He was born June 2, 1965, in Memphis to Dr. Rex and Dorothy Pulley. He attended Nettleton School in Jonesboro, Ark. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, and a master’s degree in science. He taught math at Arkansas State University. He was a Methodist. He loved his cats, Moser and Turtle.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. The Rev. Ginger Holland will officiate, and Andy Davis will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Pulley of Pontotoc; aunts, Sandra Nanney, Phyllis Moore (Johnny) of Pontotoc, Diane Turner of Tupelo and Rhee Williams of Memphis; one uncle, Donald Ray Owen and Barbara of Pontotoc; numerous cousins; two special friends, Andy Davis and Eric Lindquiste of Jonesboro, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Rex Pulley; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Pulley, and Mr. and Mrs. Money Owen; and two uncles, Bobby Keith Owen and Bob T. Williams.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Moore, Chad Moore, Jeremy Moore, Gary Nanney, Keith Owen, Donald Owen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Davis, and Eric Lindquiste.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Donations may be made to the Diabetic Association or Fairview Methodist Church at Hwy. 341 in Pontotoc.

Olene Hall
GOLDEN – Olene Hall, 83, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at her residence. She was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Franklin County, Ala., to Ambrose Washington and Icy James Cason. She was a factory worker an retired from Blue Bell. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ralph Culp officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens at Red Bay, Ala.
Survivors are four children, Dorothy Alexander (David) of Trinity, Ala., Peggy Hughes (Bobby) of Tupelo, Sue Thorne (James) of Red Bay, Ala., and Jerry Hall (Barbara) of Belmont; four sisters, Jean Woodham, Shirley Hughes and Mary Ellen Terrell, all of Hamilton, Ala., and Lillie Mae Abbott of Hackleburg, Ala.; two brothers, Burl Cason of Hamilton, Ala., and Joe Cason of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Susan Alexander, Chris Alexander, Camille Dickerson, Melanie Hughes, Michael Thorne, Suzanne Rhodes and Tonya Rogers; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Hall; her parents; and two brothers, Charles Cason and James Cason.
Pallbearers will be Michael Thorne, Chris Alexander, Kendal Coker, Terry Dickerson, Greg Rhodes and Phillip Rogers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Jimmy Tucker
ASHLAND – Jimmy Tucker, 65, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jerry Bogue
OXFORD – Jerry LaDon Bogue, 55, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 2, 1955, in Union County to Grady Oliver and Vivian Russell Bogue.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Lee Graham officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Cemetery.
He is survived by three sisters, Kay Carney of Jackson, Tenn., and Shirley Vance and Donna Jones, both of New Albany; two brothers, Phil Bogue of Oxford and Kenneth Bogue of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Grady Rex Bogue.
Pallbearers will be Scottie Bogue, Rusty Bogue, Jon Dodd, Derek Kirk, Richard Vance and Trey Carney. Honorary pallbearers will be Stacy Vance and Shelby Vance.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials be made to Bethel Baptist Cemetery Fund, 1209 St. Rd. 355, Etta, MS 38627.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Almie Pruitt
NETTLETON – Almie Pruitt, 97, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 28, 1912, in Itawamba County to William and Nannie Estes Pruitt. She was a native of Itawamba County but had lived in Lee County for the past 19 years. She was a retired farmer and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Golden. She enjoyed raising sweet potatoes, quilting and working in her garden.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Marty Comer and the Rev. Jerry Guess officiating. Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery in Golden.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Minnie Pruitt, Edna Pruitt, Hazel Brown, Cora Underwood and Vina Gist; and two brothers, her twin, Elmer Pruitt, and Leo Pruitt.
Pallbearers will be Bervin Underwood, Murlis Underwood, Larry Underwood, Troy Underwood, Clyde Gist, Jimmy Ray Gist, Chris Gist and Cory Gist.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rev. John F. Cowart
NEW ALBANY – The Rev. John F. Cowart, 86, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Colmesneil, Texas, to Grover Cowart and Bessie Conner Cowart. He had lived more than 50 years in Union County. He was a retired minister and self-employed car salesman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks, Bro. Terry Rogers and Bro. Kenny Adair will officiate. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include two sons, Glenn Cowart (Barbara) of Marion, Ark., and Ricky Cowart (Diane) of New Albany; one daughter, Glenda Gregory (James) of Myrtle; one brother, Lewis Cowart (Elaine) of Texas; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Bradin Cowart; his parents; and 10 brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be John Cowart, Michael Cowart, Jeremy Cowart, Timothy Cowart, Jimmy Kent and Stephen Kent.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Joyce Baughman
PLANTERSVILLE – Gloria Joyce Baughman, 64, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at her daughter’s residence after a lengthy illness. She was born July 22, 1945, in Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eca. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. One of the things she liked to do was cook. She was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church.
Services will be noon Wednesday at Richmond Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ricky Pierce and Rev. Chris Holder officiating. Burial will be in Unity Presbyterian Cemetery (east of Plantersville). The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Baughman; five children, James Williams (Connie) of Plantersville, Vicky Womble of Pinebluff, Ark., Scott Baughman (Wendy) of Plantersville, Christy Estes (Chris) of Richmond and Freddie Baughman (Stephanie) of Richmond; one sister, Shirley Eca; one brother, Eddie Eca.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Eca.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Smithey, Brian Baughman, Chris Holder, Bubba Keith, Jerel Baughman and Bill Cox.
Honorary pallbearers will be Austin McGee and Joey Payne.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billy Dent
BOONEVILLE – Billy Dalton Dent, 78, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

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