Obituaries July 22, 2013

Pete Miller
HATLEY – Pete Miller, 83, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his residence. Born Feb. 10, 1930, in Monroe County, he was the son of the late Mary Miller and E.C. “Jim” Miller. A 1949 graduate of Hatley High School, he attended business college in Memphis. After completing business college, Pete worked in construction in Texas and Oklahoma, where he was blessed to have met his wife of 56 years, Deleeta Roach Miller, who passed in 2007. They were blessed with three children,

Patti Miller, Hatley, Michael Ray “Mickey” Miller (Shelia), Hatley and Gary Kenneth Miller (Tammy), Clinton.

A strong man of faith and trust in God, he was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church. Very active in the Lord’s work, Pete had served as a deacon, Sunday School director, music director, Sunday School Teacher and church treasurer. He retired with over 39 years of service from Monroe County Power Association. He was a past president of Monroe County School Board and current president of Monroe County Electric Power Association Board. A family man, he was often found supporting his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities. He loved MSU and Hatley School sports, traveling, golfing and gardening.

In 2009 Pete married Betty Conwill Parham, and he was blessed with even more family, a daughter, Jennifer Taylor (Tommy), Hatley; three sons, Keith Parham (Dottie), Hatley, Anthony Parham (Freida), Hatley, and Scott Parham (Angel), Amory.

In addition to his wife, Betty Miller, Hatley, and children, he is survived by sisters, Lillian Parham and Betty Katherine McCleod (Sydney), both of Hatley, and Mabel Ford (Punk), of Amory; grandchildren, Brooke Woods (Chris), Joey Miller,

Jessica Miller, Maleah Miller, Christian Miller, Lexi Miller, Kayla Taylor, Codi Taylor, Jake Self, Madison Seals, Whitleigh Seals, Chase Parham, Amber Parker, Holly Pierce and Cheyenne Warren; great-grandchildren, John Michael Woods, Jaxon Miller, Jayce Woods, Heyden Parker and Caylee Parker; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Deleeta, and parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth Preston Miller.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Meadowood Baptist Church with Dr. Lloyd Sweat, Bro. David Highland and Bro. Sydney McCleod officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joey and Christian Miller, Chris and John Michael Woods, Jake Self, Cody Taylor, Anthony, Keith and Scott Parham, Tommy Taylor and David O’Connor. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Meadowood Sr. Adult Men’s Sunday School Class and members of the Monroe County Power Association Board.

Visitation will be today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Mr. Miller will lie in repose at the church on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Wicky Chapman
DUMAS – Wicky Dwight Chapman, 60, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born April 5, 1953, to W.M. and Janie Copeland Chapman. He was a member of Chapman Church of Christ. He graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1971 and from Mississippi State in 1976. He served eight years on the South Tippah School Board and was co-owner of Chapman Hardwood. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren. He was an avid MSU fan and enjoyed grilling out and smoking meat.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Chapman Church of Christ with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Chapman of Dumas; his parents, W.M. and Janie Chapman of Ripley; two daughters, Stephanie McAlister (Brad) of Ripley and Billie Jade Chapman of Dumas; two stepdaughters, Becky Mauney of Manchester, Tenn., and Alison Wade (Tom) of Kossuth; two sons, Brian Chapman (Melissa) and Bo Chapman (Amy), both of Ripley; one stepson, Manuel Mauney (Candace) of Booneville; one sister, Amy Shaw (Ralph) of Potts Camp; one brother, Gregory Chapman (Randa) of Ripley; and 10 grandchildren, Mason and Parker McAlister, Mikayla and Klancie Chapman, all of Ripley, Savannah Criswell, Lane and Lawe Mauney , all of Booneville, Ali and Emily Mann, both of Kossuth, and Jackson Mauney of Manchester, Tenn.

Pallbearers will be Benny Walker, Tom Wade, Keith Berryman, Toby Kinder, Robert Hill, Mike Akins, Shan Tidwell and Manuel Mauney. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Walker, Darrell Garrison, Donnie Hopkins and Larry Robbins.

Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Mary Victory
NEW ALBANY – Mary Victory, 75, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Doris Cox
BECKER – Doris Cox, 70, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ray Kratz
MANTEE – Rayburn Dean “Ray” Kratz, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. He was born April 29, 1945, in Eugene, Ore., to Carol Jean Kratz and the late Rev. James Kratz. He was a retired supervisor in the canning department with Bryan Foods for 27 years. Later he operated Kratz Consulting, working in the canning production industry. He was of the Baptist faith. He served with the Clay County Sheriff’s Auxiliary for eight years. He had commercial pilot’s license and was also a certified scuba diver. He enjoyed working in photography, taking photos and developing his own photos in his home darkroom. He loved to sing and had sung for weddings over the years. In later years, he did consulting work as he set up meat canning equipment that he located and often reworked and installed for the various canning applications of his clients. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam era. He married Sandra Hurst Kratz on March 4, 1972, in Columbus.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Butch Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery at Mantee. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hurst Kratz of Mantee; two sons, Randy Huffman (Natosha) of Pontotoc and Mike Huffman (Dana) of Mantee; 10 grandchildren, Kayla Huffman, Jake Huffman, Blair Huffman, Madison Davis, Hunter Huffman, Allison Huffman, Lynzee Huffman, Jordan Jenkins, Bradley Dillard and Hannah Dillard; three great-grandchildren, Kinsley Huffman, Caleigh Hawes and Karlie Hawes; his mother, Carol Jean Kratz of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two brothers, Mel Kratz of Savannah, Ga., and Eldon Kratz (Kay) of Los Angeles, Calif.

Pallbearers will be Lamar Dendy, Devin Hurst, Charles Peay, Sammy McNeel, Bilbo McNeel Jr. and William Harold Stevenson.
Honorary pallbearers will be all his former co-workers at Bryan Foods, and all his cannery consulting friends.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Charlie Dean
BELDEN – Charlie Dean died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at his home in Belden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Ellzey Autry
ASHLAND – William Ellzey Autry, 89, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 24, 1924, to Augustus Ayers and Hattie Hudspeth Autry in Hickory Flat. He was a faithful Christian and a longtime member of Ashland Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for 50 years and Sunday School teacher in various classes. He received his bachelor of music education degree from Mississippi College in 1951. He served as minister of music at Ashland Baptist Church from 1954-1986. He also served as minister of music at West Point First Baptist Church, Grenada First Baptist Church, Falkner First Baptist Church, Oakland Baptist Church and Ripley First Baptist Church. He worked as a Region II Mental Health coordinator prior to serving as Ashland city manager. He was an instructor at Northwest Mississippi Junior College Vocational Center in Ashland, retiring in 1988. He served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy Armed Guard during World War II from 1943-1946.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 22, at Ashland Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Hodges and Bro. Bill Autry officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden at Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Miskelley Autry; three children, Terry Autry (Mary Ann) of Ashland, Vicki Brown (David) of Red Bay, Ala., and Mark Autry of Ashland; six grandchildren, Nicole Freeman (Caleb), Brooke Matthews (Chris), Robby Autry, Michael Autry (Shaina), Kelley Autry and Maura Autry; and four great-grandchildren, Katie Freeman, John David Freeman, Madelyn Matthews and Avajo Dowdy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Niles and Arthur Autry; and a sister, Elizabeth Davis.

Pallbearers will be Robby Autry, Michael Autry, Kelley Autry, Caleb Freeman, Chris Matthews, Michael Renfro, Travis Craft and Scott Autry. Honorary pallbearers are Ashland Baptist Church deacons.

Memorials may be made to Ashland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 35, Ashland, MS 38603.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Gene Gann
THAXTON – Allen Gene Gann, 70, died Sunday, July 20, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Pat Davis
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Patsy “Pat” Gann Davis, 72, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at her home. She was formerly of Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles West Funeral Chapel and Cremation Center in Oakland, Tenn.

Rhonda Graham
MARIETTA – Rhonda Lynn Griggs Graham, 40, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her home after a long illness. She was born Dec. 1, 1972, to Roy D. and Diane Griggs. She was a member of Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church. She was employed by W&W Specialty before becoming disabled. She enjoyed her family and friends, especially her granddaughter. She loved to be on the road going places.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn. Bro. Buddy Rushing and Bro. Douglas Kitchens will officiate. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Stacie and Dannie Graham, both of Marietta; her mother, Diane Griggs of Marietta; one brother, Randy Griggs of Marietta; one granddaughter, Lilly Stilwell of Marietta; niece, Kellie Wallace (Ben) of Marietta; great-nephew, Kip Wallace of Marietta; her grandparents, Jack and Jeny Lou Griggs of Marietta; and her best friend, Emily Hall.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roy D. Griggs; and grandparents, Trammel and Dorothy Grammer.

Pallbearers will be Josh Bridges, Kevin Clark, Tony Guin, Casey “Guss Guss” Jones, Dave Haines, Don Perkins, Brad Ingram, Jeffery Glover, Alex Graham, Donnie Bartlebaugh and Charles Hall.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Sherron Henley
BELMONT – Sherron Ruth Wanner Henley, 64, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital. She was a registered nurse. She loved her dog, Missy, and her cat, Miss Kitty.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Mond, July 22, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Christina Henley of Lighthouse Point, Fla., and John Henley of Belmont; grandson, John Mason Henley; her mother, Marjorie Wanner of Belmont; two sisters, Patricia Poff of Belmont and Brenda Lubinski of East Pointe, Mich.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Odis Melton Wanner; her sister, Nancy Lubinski; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Poff and Eugene Lubinski.
Pallbearers will be Stacy Stepp, Horace Stepp, Alan Rouse and Victor Cabanas.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Lucy Cockrell
JACKSON, Tenn. – Lucy Neely Cockrell died Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Harvey Snow
OKOLONA – Harvey Snow died Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Zena Ketchum
RIPLEY – Zena Mae Ketchum died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Community Baptist Church.