Obituaries July 25, 2009

Joseph Rodriquez
PONTOTOC – Joseph Richard Rodriquez, 42, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at a friend’s residence. He was a longtime truck driver and was named “Driver of the Year” for three years at Penske Trucking. He was a member of New Faith Baptist Church. He was a loving son and father.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Faith Baptist Church with Bro. Don McCutchens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Martha White of Pontotoc; one daughter, Megan Renae Rodriquez, and one son, Gavin Tyler Rodriquez, both of Blue Mountain; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Stacy Turnage, Ray Hunt, Steve Organ, Donald Franklin, Lance Prewitt and Chase Ward.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Jason Smith
HATTIESBURG – Jason Smith, 26, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Hattiesburg. He was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.

Shirley Barnett
BURNSVILLE – Shirley Barnett, 66, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church and enjoyed being a member there. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and she enjoyed reading.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Cecil Woodruff, Elder Steve Leggit, Elder Gene Gist and Elder Clinton Barnett will officiate. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jackie Barnett Sr. of Burnsville; her mother, Francis Carlisle of Burnsville; two sons, Robert E. Barnett (Michelle) of Corinth and Jackie Barnett Jr. (Christina) of Burnsville; one daughter, Marcella Camp (Tony) of Byhalia; one brother, Johnny Ray Carlisle of Coldwater; one grandchild, James Ryan Barnett; three stepgrandchildren, Leanne Michelle Hill, Rhonda Ann Hill and Devon Joy Hill.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Carlisle; her in-laws, Ted and Mary Barnett; and her grandparents, John and Litha Bray, and Jesse and Charity Carlisle.
The deacons of New Hope Association will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Sardis Cemetery Fund.

Paul Allison
HOLLY SPRINGS – Paul Warner Allison, 73, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Trinity Missions. He was born Dec. 17, 1935, to Ray Allison and Clara Warner. He was a Christian and a photographer.
There will be no service. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include two sons, Rick Allison of Van Buren, Ark., and Paul Allison of Byhalia; two daughters, Elaine Allison of Gulfport and Tammy Konkel of Havanna, Ark.; one brother, Bobby Allison of Gautier; three sisters, Joyce Lyons of Lake Havasue, Ariz., Joane Boss of Buckeye, Ariz., and June Bryant.

Lucius Burt
OXFORD – Lucius Burt, 54, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.
Kathy Burnett
MEMPHIS – Kathy Stanley Burnett, 55, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital. She was a paralegal for Jeter and Nahmias and past president of the Great Memphis Paralegal Association. She was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Memphis Humane Society, 935 Farm Rd. Memphis, TN 38134.

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 Jamie 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.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Naida Novak
RIPLEY – Naida “Mrs. Ned” O’haver Novak, 99, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a former owner of the Ben Franklin Dime Store in Bald Knob, Ark., and the first woman member of the Bald Knob Rotary Club. She was a dance instructor, choreographer and voice teacher. She formed two singing groups, Novettes and Ten Little Maids. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Ripley. She played the piano for the church and for nursing homes and the Angel Adult Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Butch Cunningham and David Cunningham, both of Ripley, and Lori Broyles of Ripley; four great-grandchildren, Maegan Cunningham, Kirstie Cunningham and Lauren Cunningham, all of Ripley, and Hunter Broyles of Ripley; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Madison Cunningham and Kassidy Michelle Palmer, both of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. Novak; one daughter, June Lesta Cunningham; her parents, David H. and Lesta O’haver Townsend; and a brother, Edward Foi Townsend.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Hubert Barker
MYRTLE – Hubert Barker died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Ruth Bullard
CORINTH – Ruth Bullard, 85, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

W.T. Hardin
NEW ALBANY – Wiley Thomas “W.T.” Hardin, 80, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Union County to Alvis Harvey Hardin and Ellie Raby Hardin. He was an employee of Mohasco Furniture Manufacturing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Lamar Grisham and Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Ruth Hardin of New Albany; a daughter, Sandra Bagwell (Bradley) of Saltillo; a son, Keith Hardin (Angela) of New Albany; a sister, Mary Ruth Grisham of Ecru; and a grandson, Thomas Gray Bagwell of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Ethel Taylor
WINONA – Ethel Blakely Taylor, 96, died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon.
Services were Wednesday, July 22, at Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Winona. Burial was in Red Hill Cemetery near Duck Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Red Hill Cemetery Fund or to the First United Pentecostal Church, 601 W. Jefferson, Kosciusko, MS 39090.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.ofhwinona.com.

Dorothy Reynolds
MANTACHIE – Dorothy Mae Reynolds, 80, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at her home. She was born May 27, 1929, to Archie and Cora Sartin Riddle. She was a member of the Family Worship Center and a homemaker. She worked 32 years at Mantachie Manufactoring. She enjoyed find-a-word books, listening to gospel music and watching Unity Broadcasting T.V. 39. She loved her family and enjoyed playing with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Family Worship Center with Bro. Wesley Kingsley and Bro. James Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip Reynolds (Cindy) of Baldwyn and Barry Reynolds (Gail) of Mantachie; two daughters, Debbie Johnson and Nancy Reynolds, both of Mantachie; three sisters, Ruby Reynolds and Sue Griffus, both of Mantachie, and Dixie Strickland (Thomas) of Vina, Ala.; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a special friend, Brody Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Reynolds, who died in 1994; one son, Jeff Reynolds; two daughters-in-law, Denise Reynolds and Carol Reynolds; one grandchild, Joshua Reynolds; one son-in-law, Billy Wayne Johnson; two sisters, Jewel Kemp and Betty Harbin; and three brothers, Hollis, Thomas and James Riddle.
Pallbearers will be Robert Reed, B.J. Mills, Alex and Evan Kingsley, Ricky Wigginton, Gayle “Mule” Reynolds, Wig Reynolds and Britt Freeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Brody Thompson and the Hospice staff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie and from 8 a.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Ethel Moffett Clark
GOLDEN – Ethel Ordean Moffett Clark, 78, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a sudden illness. She was born Dec. 7, 1930, to James Foster and Annie Ethel Neal Robertson. She grew up in the Greenwood Springs and Quincy communities. She married Cletis James Moffett in 1950; he died May 8, 1982. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking. She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today 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, Tim Moffett and James Moffett.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Zera Walker
CORINTH – Zera Mable Roberts Massengill Walker, 90, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Irene Ryan
MARIETTA – Irene Russell Ryan, 87, of the Ozark community died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. She was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Lynn Fair, Bro. Joe Coggins and Bro. Roy H. Ryan officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, James Ruble Ryan of Ozark; one daughter, Kitty Franks (Buddy) of Mantachie; one sister, Mona Rea Houston of Baldwyn; her in-laws, Allen Young of Saltillo, Mary Helen Ryan of Zion, Ill., and Roy H. Ryan (Doris) of Tupelo; a special niece, Martha Lollar; a special friend, Kathleen Nabors; grandchildren, Jeff Franks (Judy) and Tim Franks (Melanie); three great-grandchildren, Suzanne Riley (Kevin), Ryan Franks and Claire Franks; and one great-great-granddaughter, Sydney Riley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Veto and Nannie Lou Russell; six brothers, Herman, Chalmus, Dick, Rawden, Ruble and Kenneth Russell; and two sisters, Sybil Lytal and Grace Gist.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmie James
BURNSVILLE – Jimmie Don James, 52, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth after an extended illness. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Allen Jones officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Pauline Carpenter of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon James; his stepfather, Raymond Carpenter; and one brother, Johnny James.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Sunday.

Robert F. Levey
TUPELO – Hon. Robert F. “Bob” Levey, 81, longtime active Lee County attorney, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

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