Obituaries July 24, 2009

Robert Duncan
HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Duncan, 42, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Jamison Chapel Church Cemetery in Wyatt.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobby E. Waters
MACCLENNY, Fla. – Bobby E. Waters, 62, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009. He was born on July 20, 1947, in Alma, Ga., to John Mannin Waters and Allie Mae Boatright Waters. He was a resident of Baker County, Fla., for the last 20 years. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Exact Inc. for 12 years and as a lift driver at the Walmart Distribution Center for the last seven years. An avid Georgia Bulldog fan, he loved fishing, watching John and Cassie play ball, and NASCAR racing.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christian Fellowship Temple Church with Pastor Billy Worthington and Pastor Paul Dubbley officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny, Fla. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Vickie Waters of Macclenny, Fla.; his children, Justin (Cara) Waters of Tupelo, and John Waters and Cassie Waters, both of Macclenny; his brother, Charles (Cindy) Waters of Alma, Ga.; his sisters, Mildred (Ed) Holland and Johnnie (Jack) Varnadore, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and Juanelle (Jimmy) Stewart of Macclenny; his sister in law, Joan Waters of Macclenny; his grandchildren, Cooper Waters and Samuel Waters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Buddy Waters and Red Waters; and a sister, Juanita McCance.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices.com to sign the family’s guest book.

Mildred Litton
PONTOTOC – Mildred Gentry Litton, 85, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and a housewife.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with George Steward and Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Litton; one daughter, Glenda Meade; two sons, Elton Litton and Bonnie, and David Litton and Wanda; her grandchildren, Brad Litton, Kari Robertson (Bryan), Milicyn Litton, Beth Grisham (Jay); great-grandchildren, Zan and Solomon Robertson, and Caleb Grisham; two sisters, Geneva Brott and Erlene Litchfield; and two brothers, Nelson Gentry and Homer Gentry (Roberta).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Clara Gentry, and a brother, Troy Gentry.
Pallbearers will be Brad Litton, Bryan Robertson, Jay Grisham, Eddie Gentry, Tim Gentry and Junior Litton.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
James V. Weaver
CALHOUN CITY – James V. Weaver, 83, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at his home. He was born July 4, 1926, in Chickasaw County. He was a retired postal clerk and a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, and retired from the National Guard. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Scott Wright officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include his wife, Nida Hubbard Weaver of Calhoun City; one daughter, Diane Harrison (Nathan) of Calhoun City; one son, Bobby Weaver (Myra) of Calhoun City; three grandchildren, Dennis Weaver, Ashley Weaver and Ryan Weaver; and three great-grandchildren, Davian Weaver, Dawson Weaver and Jadyn Weaver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vollie L. Weaver and Iris Kathrine McCluney Weaver, and two brothers, Aubrey Weaver and V.L. Weaver Jr.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Weaver, Dennis Weaver, Steve Parker, Gary Parker, Mike Hubbard and Dean Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers will be Hal Reese Jr., George Mart Mounger, William Price Wright, Henry Lee Taylor, David K. Hardin, Henry Lackey, Jim Cole, Willie Jobe West and Bob Gosa.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 14, Calhoun City, MS 38916.

James Ausborn
ABERDEEN – James Roland Ausborn, 80, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis. He was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Aberdeen to Ledrew Ausborn and Agnes Smitherman Ausborn. A lifelong resident of Aberdeen, he was a retired cattleman and soybean farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Army Reserves and Army transportation. He was a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Todd Bowen officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Howard Roland Ausborn and wife, Marcy, and James Christopher Ausborn and wife, Pat, all of Aberdeen; four sisters, Agnes Siegfred of Reading, Pa., Kay Butler of Atlanta, Ga., Jimmie Nell Hill of Aberdeen and Virginia Key of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Don Ausborn of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Patrick Bales (Amy) and Wyatt Ausborn of Aberdeen, and James Ausborn of Nashville, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas Lee Bales and Drew Bales of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, Patricia Murff Ausborn; a daughter, Patricia “Patti” Ausborn; a sister, Sara King; a brother, George Ausborn; and a great-grandchild, William Woodson Bales.
Pallbearers will be Phil Young, Dale Ott, Ches Harrington, Nick Provias, Steven Flynn and Wyatt Ausborn.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
To sign the online register book, visit www.tisdalememorial.com.
Bobby Wright
GALLIANO, La. – Robert Elton “Bobby” Wright, 52, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his residence in Galliano, La. He was born on March 10, 1957. to Gilbert Wright and Mildred Wilson Wright. He grew up in Verona and moved to Louisiana five years ago, where he worked on a river boat. He was a self-employed carpet installer and a member of Pleasant Grove Mission Church in Shannon. He loved fishing and doing carpenter work for his friends. He loved his family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. Wanda Henderson will deliver the eulogy.
Survivors include three brothers, Randy Wright and Jimmy Wright, both of Tupelo, and Larry Cudd of French Settlement, La.; three sisters, Sandy Wright of Grand Isle, La., Sherrie Courmier of Beaumond, Texas, and Teresa Carroll of Dorsey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chuck Cudd; and a sister, Dorothy Hubbard.

Ethel Moffett Clark
GOLDEN – Ethel Ordean Moffett Clark, 78, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 7, 1930, to James Foster and Annie Ethel Neal Robertson. She grew up in the Greenwood Springs and the Quincy communities in Monroe County. She married Cletis James Moffett in 1950. He died on May 8, 1982. She was a homemaker and a member of Golden Central Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Greenbrier Cemetery in Becker.
Survivors include her two sons, Rodney Moffett (Rita) of Ariton, Ala., and Mitch Moffett (Regina) of Golden; her daughter, Mary J. Moffett Smolinski of Ozark, Ala.; a sister, Mary Alexander of Amory; four grandchildren, Alan Moffett, Amanda Smolinski, Craig Moffett and Preston Moffett; three great-grandchildren, Annie Moffett, Ian Moffett and Asia Moffett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Larry Neal Moffett; a brother, Dayton Burren Robertson; and a sister, Dot Brown.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Jordan, Ray Brown, Carroll Moffett, T.K. Moffett and Tim Moffett.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday.

L.T. Gathings
HOUSTON – L.T. Gathings died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter Funeral Home.
Nona L. Shumpert
HIRAM, Ga. – Nona L. Shumpert, 95, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center in Dallas, Ga., after a short illness. She had lived there for several years. She was born June 14, 1914, in Itawamba County to Will and Ada Loden Lindsey. She married Robert L. “Shorty” Shumpert on Aug. 10, 1946; he died in 1974. She lived many years in Tupelo before moving to Amory, where she lived with her sister, Blanch Wiygul. She then moved to Hiram, Ga., to be near her granddaughter, Patrice Gee and husband, Benny, and family. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory and attended First Baptist Church of Dallas, Ga.
Stateroom services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park.
She is survived by her son, Charles M. Shumpert of Sharpsburg, Ga.; her grandchildren, Patrice Gee (Benny) of Hiram, Ga., and Robert C. Shumpert (Sandra) and Teresa Shumpert, both of Sharpsburg, Ga.; her nieces, Virginia Harris (Doyle) of Amory, Jewel Faulkner (Jolly)and Judy Weaver of Splunge; a nephew, Bob Wiygul of Amory; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren and three step great-great-grandchildren, all of Mooreville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Mitchell Shumpert; her second husband, Robert L. Shumpert; her sister, Blanch Wiygul; her brother, Shellie Lindsey; a daughter-in-law, Pat Shumpert; a grandson, Michael Shumpert; her stepson, R. Madison Shumpert; a stepgranddaughter, Pam Estes; and a great-grandson, Jacob Metlzer.
Pallbearers will be Terry Faulkner, Barry Faulkner, Tony Weaver, Greg Harris, Blake Harris and Aaron Gee.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Anne Ransier
NEW ALBANY – Anne Mae Ayers Ransier died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born in Liberty, S.C., to Herbert Wilton Ayers and Elsie Jenkins Ayers. She was a teacher’s assistant for the Pontotoc County Alternative School. She was a member of the Moss Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Bro. Charlie Ransier, Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Charles Rodgers. Burial will follow in the Keownville Cemtery.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. Charlie Ransier; two daughters, Shanda LeMay (Bryan) and Lyndsi Ransier, both of New Albany; a son, Marc Ransier (Jamie) of Madison; five grandchildren, Jacob Clark Ransier, Thad Wilton Ransier, Cooper Charles Ransier, Madison Keyera Catt and Courtney Anne LeMay.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lillie Carpenter.
Pallbearers will be Dave Hill, Mack McDonald, Bill Floyd, Will Floyd, Q.C. Dunahoo and Ricky Gaines. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Smithey, Neil Montgomery, and the employees of McAlister’s in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at United Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Save-A-Life or the Gideons International.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Stella Harris
SMITHVILLE – Stella Haven Harris, infant, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was the daughter of Holly Long and Joe Manning Taylor Harris.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Young Memorial Gardens in Smithville with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Holly Long of Smithville, and her father, Joe Manning Taylor Harris of Nettleton; her grandparents, Kenny Long and Robin Long of Smithville, Brad Harris of Nettleton, and Rhonda Burrow (James) of Nettleton; her great-grandparents, Dub and Sandra Harris, Clyde and Kathy Smithey, and Hal and Linda Lovern, all of Nettleton; an aunt, Erin A. Harris of Nettleton; an uncle, Chris Long (Shasta) of Nettleton; her nephew, Hayden Long; and her great-great-grandmother, Ruby Harris of Nettleton.

Evelyn West
WYNNE, Ark. – Evelyn Baker West, 99, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Crestpark Nursing Home in Wynne, Ark. She was born July 28, 1909, to Erick McGarvey Baker and Lillian Lane Baker Harrison. She lived most of her lifetime in Amory and in Wynne for the past eight years. She worked in the clothing industry for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile and the Rev. Rusty Keen officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, John Emmett West of Wynne, Ark.; her grandson, David West; two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mallory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John West; a brother, James Edward Baker; and a sister, Jewell Wilkerson.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Stacye Rockette
BRONX, N.Y. – Stacye Marie Rockette, 39, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. A native of Oxford, she was a member of North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor. She was a patient representative for Verizon Wireless. She loved to read, watch cartoons, tell jokes, go shopping and be late for everything.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. The Rev. Eddie Goliday Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Montez Richardson-Bey of Brownsville, Ky.; her mother, Hosea Rockette (Cleveland) Robertson; her father, Floyd (Shirley) Williams of Manassas, Va.; two sisters, Beverly Mack of Oxford and Sondra Robertson of Memphis; and six brothers, Darnell Rockette of Racine, Wis., Clarence Ward Jr. of Oxford, Michael Williams and Allen Williams, both of Manassas, Va., Tony Robertson and Keithdrick Robertson, both of Memphis.

Martha Ree Bostick
RED BAY, Ala. – Martha Ree Bullen Bostick, 85, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her residence. She was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Iuka to Omer J. and Myrtle Berry Bullen. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Mike Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors are her four children, Harriett Daniel (James) of Muscle Shoals, Ala., John Bostick (Pam) and Alan Bostick (Margoth), all of Red Bay, and Jill Bostick of Tupelo; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Shelia Lofton, Sherry Williams, Jessica Sides, Patsy Hammock, Debra Phifer and Sarah Horton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Gordon Bostick, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Wilson, Ricky Dees, Terry Bolding, Jerry Taylor, Charles Holland and Larry Creekmore. Honorary pallbearer will be Carmen “Gib” Childers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Katherine Conwill
CAROLINA – Eva Katherine Keenum Ashcraft Conwill, 83, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Amory after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Caledonia to John Oliver and Bertie Lockhart Keenum. She married Marshall Sydney Ashcraft Sr. in 1947; he died in 1980. She then married Paul R. Conwill in 1984. She lived in Caledonia, Downey, Calif., and Becker, and in the Carolina community for 23 years. She worked for the Bank of America in Downey, Calif., and she worked for Dr. W.T. Oakes in Amory for 21 years before her retirement in 1987. She was a member of the Cason Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, studying the Bible, teaching Sunday school, flower gardening, traveling, and visiting with friends and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. George Henley and Bro. David Jay officiating. Burial will be in the Wiygul Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Paul R. Conwill of Amory; three stepsons, Paul E. Conwill (Gail) and James L. Conwill (Sylvia) of Nettleton, and Marshall Ashcraft Jr.; one stepdaughter, Sandra Ashcraft of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Vicki Kreider; a special cousin, Shirley Reeves.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; three sisters, Vonnie Crossley, Maggie Thunderburk and Ruby Adams; one stepson, Joseph L. Conwill; one stepdaughter, Cleo Cohen; and stepgrandchild, Eddie Ashcraft.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Moffett, Richard Williams, Phillip Lindsey, Mike West, Johnny Brown and Gary West. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Kreider, Johnny Lee Conwill and Ray Conwill.
Visitation will continue until service time on Saturday.
Jessie Pearl Williams
BOONEVILLE – Jessie Pearl Williams, 75, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Longwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born June 20, 1934, in Prentiss County to Oscar William Bonds and Louris Mae Lindsey Bonds. She worked for Prentiss Manufacturing and Blue Bell as a machine operator. She enjoyed singing, dancing, music, cooking, and playing the drums. She was a regular volunteer at fund-raising events. Her greatest joy in life was her family.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Hodges and Bro. Terry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
She is survived by one son, Travis Lamar “Marty” Williams Jr. (Debbie) of Booneville; one brother, J.L. Bonds (Jane) of Booneville; one grandson, Jonathan Williams (Lacey) of Athens, Ga.; one granddaughter, Desiree Williams of Booneville; a great-grandson, Logan Williams of Athens, Ga.; four nieces, Teresa Peters of Corinth, Terry Lee (Tommy) of Gramby, Mo., Shelia Ryan of Booneville and Janice Williams of Nettleton; and two nephews, Joey Bonds (Cindy) of Littleville, Ala., and Mike Bonds (Tammy) of Paden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis L. “Slick” Williams Sr.; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. today.

Renae Rogers
SHANNON – Renae Rogers died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial in Okolona.
Allison Cooper
NETTLETON – Allison Grace Cooper, 1 day old, was born and died on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Health Center in Amory.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Scott and Jennifer Cooper of Nettleton; two sisters, Elizabeth and Courtney Cooper of Nettleton; one brother, Sam Cooper of Nettleton; her grandparents, Sammy and Donna Hester of Tupelo, Amy Hester of Amory, and John and Sherry Fowler of Nettleton; her great-grandparents, Arthur D’Haillecourt of Amory, Son and Janet Griggs of Louisiana, Frank and Shelby House of Houston, Sarah Fowler of Nettleton, and John and Delilah Mann of Ashland; her aunts, Sally Hester, Molly Conway (Matt) and Sharon Sheffield (Ted), all of Tupelo; her uncle, John Curtis Brooks of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Callie and Irma Hester, Margaret D’Haillecourt and John Fowler Sr.
Pallbearers will be her grandfathers, Sammy Hester and John Fowler.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
For the online guestbook, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Joseph Rodriquez
PONTOTOC – Joseph Richard Rodriquez, 42, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
William Kimmons
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – William Lauren Kimmons, 87, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Marvin Love
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marvin Love, 80, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Helen Reaves
HOLLY SPRINGS – Helen Bell Everett Reaves, 68, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.
Jackie Sykes
HICKORY FLAT – William Eugene “Jackie” Sykes, 56, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Hill M.B. Church in Potts Camp. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Willie James Morgan
ABERDEEN – Willie James Morgan died Tuesday, July 21, 2009. He was born June 21, 1923, in Mississippi to Dan and Daisy Morgan. He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. He then became a self-employed farmer.
Services will be Saturday at Jackson Mortuary Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Willis Cemetery.
Survivors include three children, Bennie (Shelia) Washington, Danny (Sharon) Washington and Joyce Ann Verner; a dear friend and caregiver, Mary Washington; six grandchildren, Sheena, Makayla, Chasinee, Daniel, Shayla and Jamarcus; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Naomi Morgan; three brothers, Franklin Morgan, Rush Morgan and Erskin Morgan; and a sister, Bennie Mae Morgan.
Judy Cumberland
HOUSTON – Judy Evelyn Cumberland, 61, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at her home. She was born March 11, 1948, to Meriman “Shine” Luther Collins and Edith Alene James Collins. She was a retired furniture factory worker and a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Georges Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Sammy Cumberland of Houston; one daughter, Beverly Edge, and husband, Jimmy, of Booneville; one stepdaughter, Penny Cumberland Hughes of Grenada; three grandsons, Coty, Samuel and Matthew Edge of Booneville; one granddaughter, Amber Hughes of Grenada; three sisters, Ann Simmons and Robert of Grenada, Nancy Rutherford and Jamie of Calhoun City, and Peggy Finn of Greenville; one brother, Mike Collins of Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Steven Dean McKiney.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To sign the online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Annie Caver
HOUSTON – Funeral services for Annie Lee Hill Caver will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church in Houston. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery in Houston. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the V.O. Taylor and Tommie Free Chapel in Houston.
Ruth J. Akin
ASHLAND – Ruth J. Akin, 90, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her home in Ashland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Ashland City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Lee Stafford
CORINTH – Lee Morris Sheffield, 74, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke M.B. Church. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Karma Pham
TUPELO – Karma Pham, infant daughter of Dat and Angela Pham, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was our precious angel.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pine Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Dorsey. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

NEMS Daily Journal