Obituaries July 3, 2009

Lanehart Huff
CORINTH – Lanehart Huff, 88, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo
Services were Thursday, July 2, at Holly Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Holly Baptist Church Bus Ministry, 172 CR 713, Corinth, MS 38834.

Ruby Evans
VERONA – Ruby Evans, 75, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the Community Hospice Inc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Tommy Ray Lyles
TUPELO – Tommy Ray Lyles, 59, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born March 6, 1950, in Tupelo to Zelma and Bonnie Lyles. He was called to serve in the U.S. military in 1968 after graduating from Mooreville High School. He attained the rank of sergeant and earned many medals including Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars. After his military duty, he worked as a truck driver, restaurant manager and painter, his favorite job. When not working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gambling in Tunica, watching his westerns, listening to his oldies, and enjoying his pets, Suzy, Ody and Doc.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Acres Church of Christ in Tupelo. Fellowship will follow at noon.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Lyles of the Auburn community; his son, Tim Lyles (Melanie) of Guntown; his daughters, Valinda Franks (Randy) of Saltillo, Christie Lyles of Auburn and Jennifer Dray (Matt) of Coldwater; his nine grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth, J.D. and John; and one sister, Betty.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Zelma, and his father, Bonnie.
Memorials may be made to Christine Lyles, 1241 CR 931, Apt. 4, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to Asera Care Hospice, 280 S. Thomas, Suite 101, Tupelo, MS 38803.

T.L. DeBerry
DETROIT – T.L. DeBerry, 68, formerly of Wyatt and Holly Springs, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ in Byhalia. Burial will be in the Jamison Chapel Cemetery in Wyatt. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Monday.

Lucille Page
IUKA – Lucille Page, 84, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Ray Barber
FULTON – Ray Wendell Barber, 79, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Dogwood Plantation in Fulton. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher. He retired from Knight Brothers Furniture. He was a big dog handler and served as secretary of the Natchez Trace Beagle Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett and Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Barber of Fulton; one son, Mike Barber of Peaceful Valley; one daughter, Nan Jernigan (Jerry) of Lake Butler, Fla.; one stepson, Rick Smith (Cynthia) of Fulton; one sister, Thelma Knight of Mantachie; one stepdaughter-in-law, Peggy Smith of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Chris Barber, Becky Graham, Erica Parrish and Jessica Simpson; two stepgrandchildren, Leigh Smith and Jason Smith; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Barber; his parents, Shelby Reginal and Tennie Lou Beene Barber; one stepson, Larry Smith; and his daughter-in-law, Patty Barber.
Pallbearers will be Jason Smith, Pat Young, Mike Barber, Chris Barber, David Knight and Brant Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnnie Graham, Charlie McCarthy, Charles Reeves, Buddy Hood and John Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Jimmy Ray Terry
TISHOMINGO – Jimmy Ray Terry, 52, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery in Tishomingo.

Mary Nell Ray
PONTOTOC – Mary Nell Ray, 94, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was born July 11, 1914, in Chickasaw County to Bob and Mary Eliza Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Baptist Church. She was the widow of Clifton Ray.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Wesley Stephens and the Rev. Robert Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John Alvin Ray of Pontotoc; two daughters, Mary Ann Roye of Pontotoc and Alice Lynn Heatherly of Tupelo; one brother, Robert L. Harris of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; a daughter, Rosa Nell Ford; and an infant brother, Gerald Glenn Harris.
Pallbearers will be John Allen Ray, Johnny Mac Ray, Jake Adam Ray, Hank Kyle Ray, Thomas Alvin Ray and Terry Heatherly.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

C.R. Mauney
RIPLEY – C.R. Mauney, 82, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home in Ripley. He was a retired store manager for Koon’s Grocery and a member of Lowry United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Doc Dollar officiating. Burial will be in Paynes Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Holliday Mauney of Ripley; two daughters, Lana Pannell (Junior) of Ripley and Trina Shipman (Ritchie) of Corinth; one son, William J. Mauney (Gail) of Ripley; two sisters, Gracie Smith (Lee) and Bertie Jeter, both of Ripley; seven grandchildren, Brandi Ketchum, Russell Pannell, Samantha Unz, Megan Mauney, Emily Mauney, Whitney Shipman, Ben Shipman; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper S. and Lou Etta Richardson Mauney; three sisters, Mertie Glissen, Julie Koon and Rosie Sweatman; and five brothers, Bill Jasper, Lee, Fred, Lorenza and Henry Lee Mauney.
Pallbearers will be Charles Smith, J.W. Koon, James Cockrell, Lynwood Cook, Bill Koon and Rodney Jeter.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Emmett White
OXFORD – Emmett Harrison White, 93, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Delia McDonald
OKOLONA – Delia Mae Pumphrey McDonald, 83, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Center in Okolona, where she had resided the last 21⁄2 years. A Chickasaw County native, she was born on Dec. 5, 1925, near Houston to Eddie Lee Pumphrey and Cornelia Carter Pumphrey. She lived most of her adult life in Okolona, working in area garment factories. A master homemaker, she loved spending time with and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona.
A committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Bryan officiating. A private burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include her only son, David (Teresa Beaty) McDonald; three grandchildren, Andrew (Leigh Ann), Amanda and Alex McDonald; a great-grandchild, Brayden McDonald of Okolona; one brother, Rufus Pumphrey (June) of Steens; one sister, Betty Maud (J.B.) Scott of the Sparta community; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Edward McDonald, on March 9, l990; four sisters, Ruth Hamby, Annie Laura Weed, Florence Houser and Lounez Harden; and three brothers, Eddie Lee Jr., George Marion and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Andrew McDonald, Sonny Scott, John Pumphrey, Gerald Houser, Keith Houser, Mark Scott and Eben Pumphrey.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 North Towne Drive, Jackson, MS. 39211.

Peggy Cromeans
FULTON – Peggy Ella Quay Cromeans, 65, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Lester Patterson
FULTON – Lester Gene Patterson, 68, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Prentiss County to Ellie Hughie and Julia Ann Hodge Patterson. He was a Pentecostal. He worked in security for factories.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Darrell Stafford and Bro. Carlton Lofton officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Veronica Harnage (David) of Fairview, Vanessa Patterson (Joe) of Tupelo and Janise Patterson of Jacinto; three sons, Randy Patterson (Mary Ann) of Golden, Anthony Patterson (Becky) of Red Bay, Ala., and Joel Patterson (Deana) of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Brandon Harnage, Meagan Hamm (Uribe), Patrick Harnage, Breana Patterson, Tyler Patterson, Zayda Grace Patterson, Rachel Williams and Joshua Williams; one great-grandson, Bryant Hamm; the mother of his children, Tupel Patterson of Jacinto; one sister, Mary Edith Walker of Ashland; two brothers, Eugene Patterson and John Patterson (Edith), all of Guntown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bertha Davis; and four brothers, Robert, Henry, Pat and Leroy Patterson.
Pallbearers will be David Harnage, Johnny Howell, James Howell, Tommy Gasaway, Roy Lucas and Rocky Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon, Patrick, Tyler, Josh and Bryant.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Lila Ware
ABERDEEN – Lila Garth Ware died Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Aberdeen Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Athens United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Burns Cemetery. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dot Finger
RIPLEY – Charlotte “Dot” Jernigan Finger, 95, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born May 7, 1914, in Belden to Sarah Gregory Jernigan and William Travis Jernigan. After attending Delta State College and David Lipscomb College, she moved to Ripley in 1935 to work for her father in the Leake & Goodlett lumber company. She married John Hudson Finger in 1937. In the 1940s she opened the first florist shop in Ripley and for many years was the only certified floral arranger in the area. After her husband’s death in 1963, she took over the operation of The John Finger Company, transforming it from a general store into a successful gift shop, specializing in china, silver, crystal and knitting supplies. After selling that business in 1971, she worked as manager of the gift department at Truell’s catalog showroom in Tupelo. She was a founding member of the Ripley Junior Civic League. She was active in several bridge and sewing clubs. She was a longtime member of the Ripley Church of Christ. Her long life was filled with family, friends, faith, work and a gift for entertaining. She spent Christmas 2008 with all of her descendants in Albuquerque, N.M.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Fred Smith and Minister Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Laura Sanchez (Alex) of Los Lunas, N.M.; one son, John Finger of Albuquerque, N.C.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth David (Rodric) of Abu Dhabi UAE, Alexandra Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M., David Finger (Jocelyn) of New York and Simon Finger of Philadelphia, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Alexis David of Abu Dhabi UAE.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hudson Finger, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Smith, Jack Smith, Bert Brown, Bobby Mays, Mike Harrison and Kyle Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be John Braddock, Mark Martindale, Lee Allen Pegram, Laron Shannon, Bob Fortier, Bobby Martin, Dr. Gerald Walden, Dr. Charles Elliott, Hiram Estes, Wade Huddleston, James Nunnally and Lawrence Parsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Sue Hunkapiller
BOONEVILLE – Sue Hunkapiller, 71, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

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