Obituaries July 21, 2009

Leo Douglas Horton
TUPELO – To most people he was just Leo, but to his family he was so very much more. The love he had for his granddaughters was the kind that goes beyond words. They were the joy of his life. Madelyn, being the oldest, holds a special place in his heart that can never be replaced. Scarlett, with her beautiful smile that will melt your heart, was his second little love. Abigail, with her beautiful blue eyes, always brought a smile to his face. And then there’s Ella, the youngest. There is never a dull moment when she’s around because she talks the most. This was his life, these little girls.
Our children, Rhonda and Erik Von Strahl, and Brian and Leigh Hickman, made his life complete. During Leo’s sickness, we couldn’t have made it through without them and their love for him. Leo loved his family, all of them.
I know that God has a special place in Heaven for him. At age 65, Leo went to be with the Lord on a very beautiful day – Sunday, July 19, 2009.
He leaves me, his wife Ruby. We were married for 21 years, but that was not nearly long enough. He also leaves behind his mother, Minnie Kelly Horton of Fulton; his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas W. and Donna Horton of Grand Forks, North Dakota; one daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Ronald James of Saltillo. He was preceeded in death by his father, Leepel (L.G.) Horton, a man who was greatly loved by his sons.
To my family, especially my sister Gail, we could not have made it without your help and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Leo Horton to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 5177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Visitation will be held at Holland-Harris Funeral Home in Tupelo from 5 until 7 p.m. today. Memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. following visitation.

Jerry Dobbins
HAMILTON – Jerry Wayne Dobbins, 61, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Millport, Ala., to Lymon Scott Dobbins and Mae Ola Campbell Burks. He and his wife lived in Columbus for 25 years and resided in Hamilton for the past seven years. He was a Pest Technician with Mid-South Pest Control and a member of The Living Church of God.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Evo Walker officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy Ferrer Dobbins of Hamilton; one daughter, Kammi Lois Dobbins Turner “Peanut” (Joshua); his mother Mae Ola Campbell Burks; two sisters Scottie Dobbins Blaylock and Rena Clark Pierce; one brother, Billy Wayne Dobbins; and one granddaughter, Rylee Faith Turner “Little Peanut,” all of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by her father, Lymon Scott Dobbins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Octave Ferrer and employees of Mid-South Pest Control, Medicaid and Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
You may sign the register book at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com

Joe Thompson
ABERDEEN – Joe “ Papa Joe” Thompson, 90, died Sunday, July 19 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 9, 1919, to Johnny Thompson and Ackie Coggins Thompson in Kilgore Hills, Clay Country. He lived in Aberdeen since 1968. He served in the Army during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and retired after 20 years of service. He was a Baptist.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Sue McGrew and Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Cantrell Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth “Dolly” Bray Thompson of Aberdeen; a daughter, Millie Thompson of Aberdeen; a son, Joe Thompson Jr. (Janie) of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Dola Criddle of West Point and Nancy Pierce of Plano; a brother, Johnny Thompson of Citronelle, Ala.; four grandchildren, Jake Thompson, Carrie Thompson, Landon Thompson and Jana Thompson; and one great-grandchild, William Colton Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Thompson and military.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the disabled American Veterans Association.
The register book may be signed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Mary Hicks
PONTOTOC – Mary Ann Henderson Hicks, 64, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Formerly of Vardaman, she was retired from the Franklin Corporation. She was a member of Judah Church of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Washington officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include three daughters, Robbie Tutor (Stanley) of Vardaman, Angie Hester (Danny) of Pontotoc, and Candy Hill (Brian) of Pontotoc; one son, Matt Bennett (Janice) of Pontotoc; one sister, Lee Edna Thompson of Sparta; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Hicks; son-in-law James Coats; grandson, Timmy Coats; and parents, William Christopher Henderson and Hollie Mae Davis Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Lyn Hughes, D.J. Washington, Steve Hodges, Dewayne Baughman, Tim Hicks and Jesse Washington.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wayne O’Neal
PLANTERSVILLE -Wayne Haywood O’Neal, 73, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Montgomery County on Nov. 28, 1935, to the Wesley Rowell and Inez Harris O’Neal. He grew up in the Alva community and graduated from Alva High School. He served peace time in the U. S. Army and Navy. He had lived in the Lee County area for 35 years and worked at Superior Products as supervisor/plant manager before retiring. A Baptist, he enjoyed family, especially his grandkids, his friends and neighbors, playing cards especially poker and mowing grass.
Services will be 3 p.m. today from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will follow in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Debby Harmon (James Matthews) of Plantersville, Annette Presley (Keith) of Guntown and Vicki O’Neal of Jasper, Ala., Carl Wayne O’Neal, Patrick O’Neal and Ricky O’Neal all of the Jasper, Ala. area; one brother: George O’Neal of Orlando, Fla.; several grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Doris O’Neal on June 27, 2006; a son, Glen Tharp on May 17, 2006; two brothers, Carl and Billy Rowell O’Neal; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearer will be John Edwards and the caregivers at North Mississippi Medical Center who wonderfully provided for his heath care.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today.

Larry Cody
Sulligent, Ala. – Larry Dale Cody, 43, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born May 21, 1966 in Amory to Charles Dale and Mary Ann Carter Burrough Cody. He married Tammy Lane Leech in 2008. He lived in Amory and in Sulligent for five years. He was a truck driver and a machinist before becoming disabled. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Arlis Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Cody of Sulligent; three daughters, Molly Ann Cheney Wallace (Reid) of Fulton, Jessica Ann Cody of Sulligent and Rachel Leigh Cody of Sulligent; two brothers, Billy Burrough (Sherry) of Amory and Paul Burrough of Tupelo; one sister, Angela Burrough of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Joe Viglietta, Reid Wallace, Kenny, Michael and Jason Burrough.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Willodyne Sutela
LESLIE, Mich. – Willodyne Sutela, 85, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at her daughter’s residence in Leslie, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

D.L. Vaughan
EUPORA – D. L. Vaughan, 79, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Futorian Mfg.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the White Hill Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Raymond Buggs
HOULKA – Raymond Buggs, 74, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
He was a native of Chickasaw County, born to Tommy Garfield Buggs Sr. and Estee Crockett-Buggs. He was a member of West County Line CME Church where he served as steward, trustee, treasurer and past Sunday School superintendent. He was Worshipful Master of Houlka Lodge #143, Joshua of Houlka Court #145 of the Heroines of Jericho and overseer of East County Line Cemetery. He loved gardening and talking. He was a retired railroad supervisor and the widower of Mary Jane Buggs.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Chapel CME Church in Houlka. Elder Glenn Huggins will officiate. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Buggs (Shirley) of Gary, Ind., Barry Buggs (Mary) of Tupelo and Darrin Buggs (Barbara) of Houlka; one sister, Mary Clopton of St. Louis; three brothers, Walter Buggs (Gussie) of St. Louis, Malcolm Buggs and Tommy Garfield Buggs Jr. both of East Chicago, Ind.; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be noon until 7 p.m. today, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.

Willie Loduska Smith
NEW ALBANY – Willie Loduska Smith, 95, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at the New Albany Health and Rehab. She was born Feb. 2, 1914, in Decatur, Ala. She was a homemaker and former employee of Irwin B. Schwabe Company. She was a member of the Victory Life Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Victory Life Center with Bro. Raymond Bishop, Bro. Mark Bishop and Bro. Jerry Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Trimm (Wayne) of Ecru; two sons, Thomas E. “Gene” Smith (Elsie) and James Smith (Gilda), both of New Albany; 13 grandchildren, Phil Smith, Bodie Smith, Dawn Hearn, Russell Trimm, Jimmy Trimm, Jon Trimm, Dallas Smith, Stephanie Turner, Tanis Raines, Marcus Smith, Cindy Patton, Shelia Compton and Allen Brown; 27 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Lester Smith; her parents, James Alfred and Emma Farley Robinson; two sons, Lester Smith and Donnie Smith; a sister, Ethel Duncan; a half brother Edward Robinson; and two granddaughters.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

George E. Monroe
IUKA – George E. Monroe, 72, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Iuka. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will follow in Rutledge Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Hugh Nichols
BELMONT – Hugh Nichols, 88, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont. Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ.
Odell Towery
NEW ALBANY –Minnie Odell Gardner Towery, 90, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Graceland Care Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Dorsey to Sump Gardner and Sula Lesley Gardner. She was a homemaker who loved cooking, gardening and her family. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Funeral Service’s Chapel with the Rev. Randy Hamilton and the Rev. Marty Merritt officiating. Burial will follow at the Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include six daughters, Ruby Staggs (Sterling) of Paragould, Ark., Faye Brown (Gene) of Steele, Mo., Sue Fraze (Joe) of New Albany, Jeanette Murphy (Dennis) of New Albany, Brenda Fortune (Jimmy) of New Albany, and Sandra Lyons (Bob) of Tupelo; four sons, Ray Towery of Hughes, Ark., James Towery (Brenda) of West Point, Roy Towery of Tupelo and Ricky Towery (Wanda) of New Albany; two brothers, Franklin Raper of Florida and Curtis Raper of Michigan; 30 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, C.L. Towery; three children; three grandchildren; a sister; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jaimy Towery, Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy, Jeremy Fortune, Alex Lyons, Aaron Lyons and Shane Towery.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Martin “Cowboy” Brandt
THAXTON – Martin “Cowboy” Brandt, 68, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born May 22, 1941, in Chicago to George Brandt and Mary Wisniewski Brandt. He was a frame builder before becoming disabled.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today in the Bellevue Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge.
Survivors include one sister, Shirley Brandt of Thaxton; two nephews, Bill Snider (Sherry) of Center Hill community and Terry Snider of Thaxton; four great-nephews and three great-great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George Brandt; three sisters, Pearl Brandt, Elizabeth Brandt and Betty Snider.
There will be 30 minutes of visitation at the graveside before the service.

Stella Harris
SMITHVILLE – Stella Haven Harris, infant, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Martha McAdams Rubenstein
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Martha Bell McAdams Rubenstein, 85, of Amory and Germantown, Tenn., died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Villages of Germantown Skilled Care after a brief illness. Martha was born in Luray, Tenn , the middle child of five children to Ervin and Annie Mae McAdams. She attended Freed Hardeman College and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She taught school at Chester County High School in Henderson, Tenn., where she met and married Irving J. “Buddy” Rubenstein. For many years they owned and operated Buddy’s Department Store in downtown Amory. She was a gifted artist who loved to draw and paint people. She had a series she called “Life without Shadows” that were painted from family photos from the Amory area. Another series was called the “Bell’s Mill” group that depicted scenes and her memories of the farm area where she grew up. These and other impressionistic paintings were displayed in several shows in Amory. She always loved to paint with bright happy colors. She enjoyed growing roses, reading, playing bridge and traveling.
Services will be at The Levy-Cooper Chapel in Temple Israel Cemetery on at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Canale Funeral Directors in Memphis is in charge.
She is survived by her loving granddaughter, Alexa Elizabeth Beychok and son-in-law, Alan (Nancy) Beychok of Atlanta; three sisters, Virginia Enoch of Memphis, Jean Smith of Selmer, Tenn. and JoAnn Wagner of Jackson, Tenn.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her only brother, Paul McAdams of Henderson; her husband; and her only daughter, Jan M. Rubenstein Beychok.
The family requests memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Annie Lou Glover
DENNIS – Annie Lou James Glover, 69, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was born Oct, 31, 1939, in Mississippi to Marion Reeves “M.R.” and LeeEtta Ray James. She was a factory worker employed as a seamstress. She attended Landmark Baptist Church and services at Southern Magnolia where she was a resident.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Starkey (Nash) of Dennis and Sherry McQuoid (Robert) of Belmont; five grandchildren, Heather McQuoid, Robyn Powers, Wesley McQuoid, Jessica Ryan and Mandy Voyles; eight great-grandchildren,Trey, Benson, Alexandria, Graycee, DaKota, Aubrey, Andrue and Braelyn; and seven brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Glover; a son, Ricky Glover; her parents; one brother; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Sammy Lee James, Frank James, Jesse James, Glenn Bridges, John Hopper and Charles James.
Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Wednesday.

Richard Glen Clary
AMORY – Richard Glen Clary, 61, died Monday, June 19, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. He was a distinguished expert in all areas of riflemanship and was a three-time state champion in archery. He was a national champion with a flintlock muzzle loader. He was a retired master tool & die maker with Tecumseh. He was a master gunsmith and an avid outdoorsman. He shared all his time and interests with his son, Beau.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Boutwell officiating. Burial will follow in Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Richard Brandon “Beau” Clary of Saltillo; mother of his son, Carolyn Clary of Saltillo; and two sisters, Mary Jo Clary Smith of Texas and Nelda Ruth Clary Moore of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Lily C. Howell Clary; one sister, Pamela Elaine Clary Wiser; and two brothers, William Charles Clary and Johnny Ray Clary.
allbearers will be Mike Berthay, Jacob Hinds, Ryan Berthay, Clint Berthay, Clint Edge and Shane Petit.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. Wednesday until service time at Waters Funeral Home.

Minnie Morris
NEW ALBANY – Minnie “Big Mama” Morris, 63, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, in Baptist Hospital, Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Nick Nicholson
WREN – E.G. “Nick” Nicholson, 83, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Nettleton to E.G. Sr. and Leola Dale Kendrick Nicholson. He was a graduate of Amory High School and he married Lois Glenn in 1949. He lived in Washington, D.C. for seven years and in Wren for 53 years. He was a World War II combat veteran serving in the U.S. Navy aboard a landing craft infantry (LCI 551). He served in the Atlantic Theatre and landed troops at many locations, most notably, Normandy (D-day) and in Southern France. He was the recipient of numerous medals, citations and awards. He spent 45 years in the propane industry, working for Jones Butane, Empire Gas, Columbus Butane and M&W Butane. He spent 25 years as an independent propane dealer in Wren. He was a member of Central Grove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a founding member of the Wren Volunteer Fire Department, serving 27 years as president. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs and cats, and spending time with his family and friends. Until his illness, he enjoyed helping Randy with the small propane business.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lois Nicholson of Wren; one son, Dr. Randy Nicholson (Debbie) of Wren; three brothers, Billy Nicholson (Alice), Bobby Nicholson (Carolyn), and O’Neil Nicholson (Jonell) all of Nettleton; three sisters, Lanita Dale Varnum of Chipley, Fla., Patsy Carter (Hulan) of Chipley, and Betty Jean Pelham of Nettleton; a brother-in-law, Alvin Glenn; and a sister-in-law, Laverne Nicholson of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronnie Nicholson; three brothers, Glyn Allen, Ruble Eugene and Frank Nicholson; and a sister, Sarah Frances Nicholson.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Central Grove Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirk Gray, Phil Sargent, Bailey Haney, Larry Jolly, Rick Stevenson, Dennis Thompson, Horace Malone, Hoyt Jordan and members of the Wren Volunteer Fire Department.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Central Grove Baptist Church, 30298 Central Grove Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

Rodney Mitchell
CORINTH – Rodney J. Mitchell, 41, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He attended Kossuth High School.
Services will be noon Thursday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church with the Rev. Lamar Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge.
Survivors include a special friend, Melinda Hays; daughters, Marie Mitchell of Tupelo and Amber Triplett of Shiloh, Tenn.; brothers, Mark Miller (Vanessa) of Selmer, Tenn., and Jeremy Patterson of Corinth; a sister, LaDonna Coggins (Lee) of Corinth; uncles, Ernest Mitchell of Corinth and William Mitchell of Manhattan, New York; and an aunt, Johnnie Norman of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Patterson; a grandmother, Lillie Mae Mitchell; and an uncle, Sam Sherrell.
Visitation will be noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Gay Spratlin Young
BRUCE – Gay Spratlin Young, 87, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at home. She was born July 26, 1921, in Calhoun County, Miss. She was a member of the 20th Century Club and Eastern Star. She was a homemaker and a seamstress. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joey Hamilton and Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Young Jr. (Betty) of Madison and Robert Young (Julie) of Prattsville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Richard Young III of Winter Park, Fla., Erin Young of Auburn, Ala., and Drew Young of Prattsville; two sisters, Maggie Martin and Martha Nell Martin of Vardaman; and a brother, Morris Spratlin of Royston, Ga.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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