Obituaries July 22, 2009

Minnie ‘Big Mama’ Morris
NEW ALBANY – Minnie “Big Mama” Morris, 63, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Baptist Hospital, Memphis.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Baptist Hill Baptist Church in Potts Camp. Burial will follow in Baptist Hill Baptist Church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge.
Visitation will be 1 until 7 p.m. Thursday, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m. at Serenity Chapel.
The body will lie in state one hour before the service on Friday.
Willodyne Sutela
LESLIE, Mich. – Willodyne Sutela, 85, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at her daughter’s residence. Formerly of Riply, she was born June 10, 1924, to James and Delsie Hollis Reeves. She retired from General Motors. She was a Baptist and a member of the VFW, the Eastern Star, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will follow in LeBanon Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Sharon Medlin of Ripley, Madline Gibson of Leslie, Irene Bunting (Russell) of Howell, Mich., and Deborah Bunting (Dave) of Leslie; one son, Thomas Conrad Waldrep (Susan) of Shelby, Mich.; four sisters, Juanita Butler of Booneville, Zilpha Davis of Ripley, Bessie Vuncannon of Ripley and Bonnie Bennett of Southaven; two brothers, Homer Reeves of Jackson, Tenn., and William Reeves (Judy) of Ripley; one step-brother, Jimmy Milliner of Huntsville, Ala.; 19 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Sutela; three sons, Ronnie Waldrep, Joe Waldrep, and Bobby Wayne Waldrep; her parents; her loving stepmother, Mirtie Reeves; two sisters, Elizabeth Young and Clara Brooks; one brother, Horrace McKay; and two grandchildren, Douglas Gibson and LaRae Gibson.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Young, Wade Young, Jessie Young, Bobby Waldrep, Randy Vuncannon and Kevin Childs. Honorary pallbearer will be Jonathan Willis.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries on-line and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Harry Rodgers
AMORY – Harry Kenneth Rodgers, 89, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 2, 1920, in Randolph to Henry Lake and Freddie Harriet Bouchillon Rodgers. He lived in Magnolia and in Amory for four years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and he married Grace L. Gianforte in 1952; she died in 2004. He worked as a cooperative service extension agent and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be 9 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Fr. Tom Lolar and Sr. Florita Rodman officiating. A funeral Mass will be 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Magnolia with Fr. Brian Kasky officiating. Burial will be in the Magnolia Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Harry Ken Rodgers Jr. (Kathy) of Tupelo and John David Rodgers of Amory; one brother, Henry Clay Rodgers of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Sara Roeder, Jacob Roeder, Nikki Rodgers Farris and John Daniel Rodgers; and two great-grandchildren, Bryson Rodgers Farris and Chloe Grace Farris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Whit Rodgers; and one sister, Louise Bland.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Chirie Kirk
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Chirie Kirk, 19, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, as a result of an automobile accident in Jellico, Tenn. She received her education in the Okolona and Aberdeen schools. She was a 2008 graduate of Paine College in Georgia. At the time of her accident, she was moving to Cleveland, Ohio.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at White Rock Community Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Roosevelt Foard officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Victoria and Henderson Williams of Aberdeen; her father, Milan Oscar Kirk of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters, Kerin Kirk of Amory, Latoya Kirk of Aberdeen and Chandra Williams of Atlanta; five brothers, Charles Kirk of West Point, Paul Kirk of Aberdeen, Derrick Boozer of Columbus, Ohio, Henderson Williams II of Aberdeen and Deonta Williams of Memphis.
Phil Pickle
AMORY – Phillip Mark Pickle, 43, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Dec. 26, 1965, in Amory to Dorothy Stanford Pickle and Herston Pickle. He was a lifelong resident of the Amory area and a graduate of Hatley High School. He had worked at Pickle’s Drive Inn and he enjoyed his cats and working with model air planes. He attended Bigbee Baptist Church and enjoyed watching the History Channel on television.
Services will be 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Chris Pickle of Amory; one brother, Dennis Pickle (Charlotte) of Amory; one sister, Linda Harlow (Jimmy) of Amory; two grandchildren, Cole Kent and Rhett Pickle; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Josh Pickle, David Pickle, Danny Stanford, David Stanford, Toby Stanford, Robbie Carson and Fermin Haro.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
James Castleman
MEMPHIS – James “David” Castleman, 38, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Memphis. He was born June 29, 1971. He was a heating/air mechanic.
A memorial service was held July 19, 2009, at Bartlett Funeral Home in Bartlett, Tenn.
Survivors include his parents, Anita and Clyde Moore of Memphis, and James R. and Belinda Castleman of Pontotoc; a sister, Jenna Castleman Sanders of Pontotoc; and his grandmother, Sara Castleman of Chickamauga, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Otis and Mabel Reagan, and his paternal grandfather, Wreford Castleman.
Memorials may be made to the Crohn’s Foundation.
Hugh Nichols
BELMONT – William Hugh Nichols, 88, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. He was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Louisiana to Will and Mary Nichols. He was owner of Nichols Trucking and Dennis Restaurant. He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ where he was a former deacon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ in Dennis with Bro. Richard Rogers and Bro. Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 68 years, Kathleen Nichols of Belmont; two daughters, Gunita Cashion (Robert) of Golden and Joan Moody (Tommy) of Belmont; one sister, Mary Lynn Wilbanks of Collierville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Bryant Cashion (Dana), Kerry Moody (Keri), Amanda Ledbetter (Hal), Kendra Deaton (Andy), Kale Moody (Samantha) and Katie Crane (David); 10 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Moody, Maggie Ledbetter, Robert Cashion, Darby Deaton, Olivia Cashion, Madeline Ledbetter, Kerstin Moody, Ava Crane, Jacey Deaton and Will Moody; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Don Mitchell, Glenn Harrison, Boyd Lee Tidwell, Jimmy Tidwell, Danny Smith, Willie Smith, Robert Hester and Buddy Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Malcolm Kuykendall, Bob Yarber, Johnny B. Moore, Clyde Pounders, Harold Oswalt, Raymond Carr, Benford Pierce, Donald Reno, Paul Bryant, Tim Burton, Issac Smith, Mike Chism, L.O. Bishop and James Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruby Smith, Fonza Smith and Opal Nichol; and one brother, Haston Nichols.
Visitation will be until service time today at Liberty Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 689 Hwy. 25, Dennis, MS 38838.
Grillie Mae Adams
ABERDEEN – Grillie Mae Adams, 86, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Aberdeen.
Louise Miller
OKOLONA – Louise Miller, 67, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Robert Duncan
BYHALIA – Robert Duncan, 42, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Baptist Hospital, Desoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Henry Lee Watson
BRUCE – Henry Lee Watson, 55, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at his home.
Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Bruce.
Nancy Hargett
TREMONT – Nancy Mae Bryan Godwin Brock Hargett, 58, formerly of Ripley, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 25, 1950, to Juanita Benefield Bryan of Ripley and the late Gordon Bryan. She was a member of New Salem Methodist Church and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved quilting.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Edgar Childers and Bro. Jimmy Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James O. Hargett of Tremont; three sons, David Godwin (Kim) of New Albany, Joe Godwin (Jeanie) of Dorsey, and Terral Brock (Sandy) of Ripley; her mother, Juanita Bryan of Ripley; three stepdaughters, Eloise Wilbanks and Anna Lisa Guynes, both of Walnut, and Cindy Hargett Kitchen of Bowling Green, Ken.; one stepson, Jamie Hargett of Gulfport; two sisters, Lois Brock of Ripley and Shirley Fryar (Pascal) of Blue Mountain; one brother, Wayne Bryan (Hope) of Ripley; 13 grandchildren, Keith, Michael, Stephen, Jake, River, Tristan, Blake, Brandon, T. J., Casey, Wendy, Kirby and Kara; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands and the farthers of her children, Jerry Godwin and Travis Brock; and her father, Gordon Bryan.
Pallbearers will be Gary Bryan, Zane Bryan, Cody Bryan, Ricky Hall, Earl Pritchard and Jimmy Benefield. Honorary Pallbearers will be Shaun Bryan, Audry Box, J. W. Koon and Jeffrey Carter.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Lucy Barber
TUPELO – Icie Lou “Lucy” Barber, 82, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Lucy was born in Lamar County, Ala., on Jan. 28, 1927, to the late Ruben Weeks and Minnie Terrell Weeks. She grew up in Lee County, attended Shannon School System and later specialized and received a license in cosmetology. She was a well known beautician in the Tupelo area and her mission in life was helping others who were in need. While working as a beautician, she also took an active role in helping others by standing in as their counselor, mentor, chief, and even chauffeur. She was always dedicated to those were less fortunate in life. A spiritual giant, she was a faithful and devoted member of the Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church. She was a joy to her family and countless friends everywhere and will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Danny Robbins; her son, Bro. Sammy Hardin; and Bro. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her children, Sammy Hardin (Melva) of Plantersville and Paul Hardin (Brenda) of Shannon; two sisters, Faye Hollis (Charles) of Sulligent, Ala., and Annell Hamlin of Sulligent, Ala.; four grandchildren, Angelia Young (Britt) of Nettleton, Denise Causey (Tim) of Amory, Paul Wade Hardin (Sherry) of Shannon, and Shelly Lauderdale of Shannon; eight great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends and caregivers Bob Grant and Eunice Putt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Minnie Weeks, and one brother, Lewis B. Weeks.
Pallbearers will be Paul Wade Hardin, Charles Hollis, Ruben Williams, Britt Young, Tim Causey and Bob Grant.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday.
Ruby Holcomb
SMITHVILLE – Ruby Johnson Holcomb, 86, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Itawamba County to the late Ludie and Eva Taylor Johnson. She was a homemaker and had worked in the garment industry. She married Woodrow Wilson Holcomb in 1939; he died in 1991. She was a member of the Victory Baptist Church and she enjoyed sewing, painting, gardening, flowers and playing games. She enjoyed her grandchildren and she was an avid watcher of W39CD television in Fulton.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Salem Baptist Church in Fairview with Bro. Howard Curbow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Dale Holcomb (Christine) of Fairview, W.D. Holcomb (Joyce) of Smithville, Charles Holcomb (Joyce) of Becker, and Richard Holcomb of Smithville; one daughter, Betty Jo Tucker (Ed) of Smithville; one brother, Eugene Johnson (Flossie) of Nettleton; one sister, Lois Adams (J.T.) of Nettleton; seven grandchildren, Patti Roberts (Reid), Sherri Smith (Scotty), Tim Holcomb (Kim), Sharmon Christian (Wayne), Chuck Holcomb (Pattie), Cindy Childs (Brian), and Chad Tucker (Stephanie); and 16 great-grandchildren, Lillie Faith Childs, Cade Childs, Amy Roberts, Allison Roberts, Abigail Smith, Jamie Smith, Lucas Culver, Drew Holcomb, Evan Holcomb, Noah Holcomb, Sheree’ Holcomb, Angel Christian, Katie Holcomb, Emily Holcomb, Layla Sargent and Abram Sargent.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Dana Holcomb Sargent; and seven brothers, Clester, Jesse, Kelbis, Delmer, Blois, Thelbert and Cassie Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Smith, Reid Roberts, Tim Holcomb, Chad Tucker, Evan Holcomb and Brian Childs.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Smithville and will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church.
Fay Blaylock
MANTACHIE – Betty Fay Blaylock, 49, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Kiarma D. Pham
Kiarma D. Pham, infant, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Ethel Clark
AMORY – Ethel Moffett Clark, 78, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Stacye Rockette
BRONX, N.Y. – Stacye Marie Rockette, 39, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

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