Obituaries July 23, 2009

Fay Blaylock
MANTACHIE – Betty Fay Blaylock, 49, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 24, 1960. She was a former employee of Steak Escape at The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Paul Reynolds and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Vernie Blaylock of Mantachie; six brothers, Ray Blaylock of Fulton, Wayne (Denise) Blaylock and Billy (Fay) Blaylock, both of Tupelo, and Olen (Marilyn) Blaylock, Douglas Blaylock and Bobby Blaylock, all of Mantachie; three sisters, Barbara Reynolds of Mantachie, Wanda (Jimmy) Dill of Mooreville and Peggy Bailey of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, B.M. Blaylock, and a brother-in-law, Dale Reynolds.
Pallbearers will be David Kemp, Jon Campbell, David Williams, Tommy Jackson, Nelson McMillan, Tony Dabbs, Chris Blaylock and Josh Blaylock. Larry Gentry will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Charles Clark
FULTON – Charles A. Clark, 60, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Rees Funeral Home in Hobart, Ind. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
Winnie Pettit
VARDAMAN – Winnie Pettit, 66, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at her home in Vardaman. She was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Vardaman. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church at Vardaman. The Rev. Fred Hartley will officiate, and the Rev. Gladwin Carpenter and the Rev. Jeremy Williams will assist. Burial will be at Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Campbell (Rick) of Vardaman; three sons, Greg Pettit, Stacy Pettit and Patrick Pettit, all of Vardaman; two sisters, Nelda Moore (Kenneth) of Houston and Virginia Wright (Steve) of Aberdeen; one brother, Keith Spencer (Barbara) of Vardaman; six grandchildren, Makenzi Pettit, Alyssa Murray, Jenna Campbell, Autumn Pettit, Ashton Pettit and Zach Pettit; two special aunts, Clara Spencer of Vardaman and Beatrice Ray of Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Pettit Jr.; and her parents, Raymond Spencer, Lorene Fleming Spencer and Annie Parker Spencer.
Pallbearers will be Dewitt Moore, Brad Spencer, Billy Paul Spencer, Dewitt Spencer, Wayne Johnson, Miles Johnson, Chris Graham and Robert Lishman.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-1942; or Elzey Church or Elzey Cemetery Fund, 1323 CR 424, Houston, MS 38851.
James Ausborn
ABERDEEN – James Roland Ausborn, 80, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Louise Miller
OKOLONA – Louise Miller, 67, died Saturday, July 18, 2009. She was born Dec. 4, 1941, to Ozzie Gardner and Sarah Johnson Gardner. She was a homemaker. She loved caring for her family and cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries in Okolona. The Rev. Cleveland Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Miller of Kalamazoo, Mich., Marilyn Ivy (Cornelius) and Jennifer Bowens (Archie) of Okolona; five sons, Alfonso Miller (Shirley), James Miller and Erskine Miller, all of Okolona, Marcus Miller (Myra) of Tupelo and James Gardner (Lawanda) of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, George Gardner (Thelma) of Nettleton; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Lonnell Miller and Shirley Riggs; and three sisters, Ervene Johnson, Elizabeth Walker and Gurylene Taylor.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Nathan Kenton
OXFORD – Nathan “Pop” Rogers Kenton, 74, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.
Anthony F. Hadley
TUPELO – Anthony F. Hadley, 46, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
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 were Wednesday, July 22, at Liberty Church of Christ in Dennis with Bro. Richard Rogers and Bro. Ron Deaton officiating. Burial was in Lindsey Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont was 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.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruby Smith, Fonza Smith and Opal Nichols; and one brother, Haston Nichols.
Pallbearers were Don Mitchell, Glenn Harrison, Boyd Lee Tidwell, Jimmy Tidwell, Danny Smith, Willie Smith, Robert Hester and Buddy Hall. Honorary pallbearers were 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.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 689 Hwy. 25, Dennis, MS 38838.
Henry Watson
BRUCE – Henry Lee Watson, 55, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery in Coffeeville. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
Memorial donations may be made to Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
To access an online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Gillie Adams
ABERDEEN – Gillie Mae Adams, 86, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel M.B. Church in Hamilton. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Rick Morgan
TUPELO – Richard Dean “Rick” Morgan, 45, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, he was born Dec. 1, 1963, to Audie and Barbara Wages Morgan. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and attended Itawamba Community College. He was a gourmet cook and worked a number of years as a restaurant manager. He loved music and worked as a disc jockey for several years. He also grew cactus. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Tupelo (now Wildwood Baptist Church).
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Keith Benefield officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his parents, Audie and Barbara Morgan of Saltillo; his brother, John Adam Morgan (Teresa) of Tupelo; his special niece, Audrey Morgan; his aunt, Janice Garner of Tupelo; and two uncles, Melvin Wages (Mary) of Furrs and Carlton Wages (Kay) of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lucy Barber
TUPELO – Icie Lou “Lucy” Barber, 82, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Lamar County, Ala., to Ruben Weeks and Minnie Terrell Weeks. She grew up in Lee County and attended the Shannon School System. She 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, chef and even chauffeur. She was always dedicated to those 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. today at 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) and Annell Hamlin, all of Sulligent, Ala.; four grandchildren, Angela Young (Britt) of Nettleton, Denise Causey (Tim) of Amory, and Paul Wade Hardin (Sherry) and Shelly Lauderdale, all 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 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.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Leon Lambert
COLDWATER – Leon Lambert, 81, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Booneville. He was born June 17, 1928, in Burnsville. He was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of CWO4. He served during the Korean conflict and Vietnam. He was a member of Antioch Lodge 549 and a Shriner in Sudan Temple in New Bern, N.C.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Brasher Lambert of Coldwater; two sons, Joe Lambert (Eileen) and Richard Lambert (Malisa), both of Hernando; one sister, Sue Mixon of Houston; two brothers, Charles Lambert of Coldwater and Bobby Lambert of Jasper, Ark.; four grandchildren, Elissa Lambert, Andrew Lambert, Matthew Lambert and Madeline Lambert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.R. Lambert and Maudie Marler Lambert, and five sisters, Omie Powell, Evelyn Hunsucker, Frances Colston, Jimmie Collums and Johnnie Ward.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lambert, Justin Lambert, Jerrol Hunsucker, Jerry Colston, Steve Ward, Mark Lambert and Joe Darwin Lambert.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942; or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 347, Coldwater, MS 38618.

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